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The Economics of Deflation in the Euro Area : A Critique of Fiscal Austerity

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  • Review of Keynesian Economics. - Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. - 2015, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 336-350
English This paper points out that the roots of the euro-area crisis are to be found in the loss of monetary sovereignty and an unsustainable credit-led economic growth in a variety of ‘peripheral’ countries. It addresses the negative consequences of fiscal austerity in the euro-area crisis framework, in particular regarding the distribution of income and the economic and financial relations between ‘core’ and ‘peripheral’ countries within the euro area. The paper also argues that the deflationary effects of the conventional policy reaction to the euro-area crisis will aggravate recession over the medium-to- long run in that area, owing to their negative impact on demand in the product markets across the whole European Union, whose competitiveness will suffer under the very measures that are supposed to enhance it in the global economy.
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales et du management
Département d'économie politique
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