Larch, Martin and Jonung, Lars and Fischer, Jonas (2008): 101 proposals to reform the Stability and Growth Pact. Why so many? A survey. Published in: Public Finance and Management , Vol. 8, No. 3 (2008): pp. 502-560.
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The failure of key EU Member States to respect the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) a few years after its inception triggered a heated debate on how to reform the framework of fiscal policy coordination in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). This paper analyzes 101 reform proposals presented by professional academic and non-academic economists prior to March 2005, when the Council of the European Union adopted a revised version of the SGP. Roughly four different schools of thought concerning the reform of the SGP are identified. In line with the main findings of the political economy literature, all four schools of thought share the view that in the absence of specific rules fiscal policy would lead to excessive deficits and hence affect the conduct of the common monetary policy. However, beyond this common denominator, there is no consensus on how best to co-ordinate fiscal policy. We present several explanations for the multitude of proposals, the most important being the present lack of a consensus in the economics profession concerning the role of fiscal policy. Economists hold diverging views on the goals, instruments, efficiency and institutions for fiscal policy-making. This state of affairs is in sharp contrast to the case of monetary policy. Also, the euro area is the first case where monetary policy-making is centralized while fiscal policy-making is decentralized to national governments.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||101 proposals to reform the Stability and Growth Pact. Why so many? A survey.|
|Keywords:||Monetary union, euro, fiscal policy, Stability and Growth Pact, international policy coordination, EMU, European nion, Europe|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook > E62 - Fiscal Policy
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > E32 - Business Fluctuations ; Cycles
H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H30 - General
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook > E63 - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy ; Stabilization ; Treasury Policy
|Depositing User:||Martin Larch|
|Date Deposited:||10. Feb 2010 07:56|
|Last Modified:||11. Feb 2013 21:45|
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