Economics at your fingertips  

Fiscal Devaluation: Economic Stimulus for Crisis Countries in the Euro Area

Kerstin Bernoth (), Patrick Burauel and Philipp Engler

DIW Economic Bulletin, 2014, vol. 4, issue 10, 12-18

Abstract: Member countries of the euro area, and the peripheral states in particular, face an especially difficult problem: on the one hand, they urgently need stronger economic growth to reduce high debt and unemployment levels. On the other hand, however, they have no scope to use fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. One way to strengthen economic growth without burdening public finances might be to implement a “fiscal devaluation.” This concept includes reducing social security contributions for employers—and therefore ancillary wage costs—making companies more price competitive than their foreign competitors. This, in turn, should stimulate exports and result in positive employment effects. Reducing ancillary wage costs could be financed by an increase in value-added tax. This study shows that a fiscal devaluation in the individual member countries of a currency union may help to boost economic growth in the short term. This instrument should therefore be particularly important for the crisis countries in the euro area, though it by no means replaces the structural reforms required to increase economic growth in the long term.

Keywords: Fiscal policy; fiscal devaluation; tax policy; trade balance; international competitiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 F1 H2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) ... n_bull_2014-10-3.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in DIW Economic Bulletin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Bibliothek ().

Page updated 2022-01-16
Handle: RePEc:diw:diwdeb:2014-10-3