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Title: Greece and the Troika: lessons from international best practice cases of successful price (and wage) adjustment
Authors: Belke, Ansgar
Gros, Daniel
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)
Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC
Bibliographic citation: Belke Ansgar, Gros Daniel (2017), Greece and the Troika: lessons from international best practice cases of successful price (and wage) adjustment. In: The European Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 14, n. 2, 2017, p. 177-195. E-ISSN 1824-2979. DOI 10.25428/1824-2979/201702-177-195.
Abstract: This paper reviews cases of successful price and wage adjustment, which are often regarded as constituting best practice, Australia, Latvia and the newly-formed German states and contrasts them with the Greek experience under the Troika Program. Latvia stands out as having had the quickest adjustment in wages. By contrast, before the crisis, Greek wages appeared to have been largely insensitive to labour market conditions but this changed with the program. We find that the reaction of wages to unemployment in Greece under the program was increasingly similar to that observed in Germany and Portugal (a case which has attracted less attention). A priori it is likely that the change in wage behaviour in Greece was due to the labour market reforms imposed under the program. But this cannot be proven beyond doubt.
Journal/Book: The European journal of comparative economics
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