Austerity: Causes, Consequences and Remedies
Sven R. Larson
Compact for America, Inc.
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, H63working papers series
Date posted: April 30, 2012
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