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Exit State-of-play in Implementing Macroeconomic Adjustment Programmes in the Euro Area

Ansgar Belke (), Daniel Gros, Cinzia Alcidi (), Leonor Coutinho and Alessandro Giovannini ()

No 201405, ROME Working Papers from ROME Network

Abstract: Two of the four macroeconomic adjustment programmes, Portugal and Ireland’s, can be considered a success in the sense that the initial expectations in terms of adjustment, both fiscal and external, were broadly fulfilled. A rebound based on exports has taken hold in these two countries, but a full recovery will take years. In Greece the initial plans were insufficient. While the strong impact of the fiscal adjustment on demand could have been partially anticipated at the time, the resistance to structural reforms was more surprising and remains difficult to cure. The fiscal adjustment is now almost completed, but the external adjustment has not proceeded well. Exports are stagnating despite impressive falls in wage costs. In Cyprus, the outcome has so far been less severe than initially feared. It is still too early to find robust evidence in any country that the programmes have increased the long-term growth potential. Survey-based evidence suggests that structural reforms have not yet taken hold. The EU-led macroeconomic adjustment programmes outside the euro area (e.g. Latvia) seem to have been much stricter, but the adjustment was quicker and followed by a stronger rebound.

Keywords: macroeconomics coordination; sudden stop (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G01 G12 E58 H12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-06
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