Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Örebro University, School of Business

No 2015:4: Greek Debt Crisis “An Introduction to the Economic Effects of Austerity”

Panagiotis Mantalos ()
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Panagiotis Mantalos: Örebro University School of Business, Postal: Örebro University, School of Business, SE - 701 82 ÖREBRO, Sweden

Abstract: We trace the reasons for the negative development of Greek government debt from 1980 to 2014 by studying the deficits of the Greek state under the same period. We also see the Greek debt under the different political regimes. We briefly describe the two bailout programs for Greece and finally we name the amount and Euro states that own the Greek loans. The negative effects of austerity are about 22% less GDP and total household and government consumption and monthly wages; finally, the unemployment rate grew 21%.

Keywords: Austerity; Consumption; Deficit; Greek Debt Crisis; GDP; Unemployment

JEL-codes: C22; E62; F33; H63; O40

20 pages, April 2, 2015

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