The Euro, Public Expenditure and Taxation

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 357

25 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2003

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Philip Arestis

University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy; Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Malcolm C. Sawyer

Levy Economics Institute

Abstract

This paper explores the probable consequences for public expenditure in the UK if Britain were to join the euro. It focuses on the effects of sterling joining the euro (and the associated implications, such as monetary policy being governed by the European Central Bank). It does not consider any broader questions of the effects of membership in the European Union and the policies pursued by the EU and the European Commission. Since the fiscal stance of government influences the level of demand in the economy, there are also important implications for the level of employment more generally. While the general deflationary nature of the economic policy of the eurozone (an issue we have explored elsewhere on many occasions) should not be overlooked, the focus of this paper is on the implications for public expenditure of the eurozone and the UK's possible entry into the euro.

Keywords: euro, public expenditure, monetary policy

JEL Classification: E62

Suggested Citation

Arestis, Philip and Sawyer, Malcolm C., The Euro, Public Expenditure and Taxation. Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 357. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.370401

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Malcolm C. Sawyer

Levy Economics Institute ( email )

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