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Snower, Dennis J.: Forget Grexit

28.01.2015

Oped by Dennis Snower, who argues to implement a fiscal plan, which allows Greece higher debts in times of economic crises, to help the country

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(...) With the help of an expansive monetary policy, it is possible to stimulate an economy effectively in times of recession. There only needs to be a guarantee in return - that during boom times savings are achieved and debts are liquidated. Greek adherence to such a plan could be monitored by the troika or by the European Commission alone.

In order to set up a fiscal policy, Greece would first have to be relieved of part of its debts, to some extent by privatizing state property. Moreover, a debt-restructuring haircut would most likely be required. It could be linked to a new policy that stimulates Greek growth by promoting competition and investments in human capital and - where clearly required - physical capital.

In economic terms, it doesn't matter whether debts disappear by renouncing the demand for repayment or by extending the life of loans.

In addition, a fiscal plan would have to be implemented with automatic changes in taxes or state spending, to ensure that debt reduction over the mid-term would not be jeopardized with each change of government.

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