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Austerity: Causes, Consequences and Remedies

Sven R. Larson

Wyoming Liberty Group

April 30, 2012

Austerity is a concept that is often used in the public debate. It refers to fiscal policy measures that reduce government spending and raise taxes for the purposes of closing a government budget deficit. This paper analyzes the concept in the context of the current European economic crisis and explains the limited options for policies to counter the negative effects of austerity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Macroeconomics, Fiscal policy, The Welfare State, Budget deficit

JEL Classification: D60, E60, H00, H11, H50, H59, H60, H61, H62, H63

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Date posted: April 30, 2012  

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Larson, Sven R., Austerity: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (April 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2048739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2048739

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Wyoming Liberty Group ( email )
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Cheyenne, WY 82001
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