German Public Finances Through the Financial Crisis

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Maximilian Blömer

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Freiburg

Mathias Dolls

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Clemens Fuest

ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich; Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; Center for Economic Studies (CES)

Max Loeffler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andreas Peichl

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

The German experience of the crisis was very different compared to those of most other countries in Europe. Germany was hit by a very strong shock which was relatively concentrated in the exporting, manufacturing industries. In addition, the German labour market was very resilient during the crisis due to earlier labour market reforms and policy instruments facilitating labour hoarding. As a consequence, public finances were only moderately affected and not many policy reforms had to be enacted. This chapter will present the German experience of the financial crisis. We start by presenting the macroeconomic situation and how the crisis unfolded in Germany, before focusing on the situation of public finances. Finally, we analyse the policy responses to the financial crisis.

Keywords: crisis management, financial crisis, redistribution, budget deficit and debt

JEL Classification: H12, H23, H32, H60

Suggested Citation

Blömer, Maximilian and Dolls, Mathias and Fuest, Clemens and Loeffler, Max and Peichl, Andreas, German Public Finances Through the Financial Crisis (April 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-041. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2622110 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2622110

Maximilian Blömer (Contact Author)

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Mathias Dolls

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Clemens Fuest

ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

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Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich ( email )

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Max Loeffler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andreas Peichl

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL) ( email )

Mannheim 68131
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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