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New policies and institutions to escape the fate of recurring crises

This week, RAstaNEWS partners presented the position paper "Eurozone in the Doldrums: New Policies and Institutions to Escape the Fate of Recurring Crises". The paper will serve as a basis for discussion at the closed-door Executive Briefing "Lessons from the Crisis: Rewiring EMU Economic Policymaking", which is organized by ISPI and will be held at Bruegel (Brussels) on June 4th (find here the preliminary programme, listing non-RAstaNEWS participants only).

The paper argues that the Eurozone crisis was at least partially self-inflicted. In place of fiscal austerity, expansionary fiscal policies may have eased the economic crisis or shortened its length, helping Eurozone economies recovering faster - something which actually happened in the United States.

Recently, a partial change of heart seems to be underway. This is exemplified by renewed activism by the ECB, and by the fact that a new consensus seems to be emerging among European policy makers, recognizing the need to actively support aggregate demand.

RAstaNEWS partners support such stance, all the more so given that an accommodating fiscal policy stance could prove useful during the design and enforcement of important structural reforms. Nonetheless, RAstaNEWS also thinks that more needs to be done, and delineates in the paper a three-pronged strategy to help the Eurozone avoid the fate of recurring crises.



RAstaNEWS investigates many aspects of the future of macro-economic and monetary integration in Europe, paving the way to a revised governance of the EMU, and the EU as a whole, in the wake of the debt crisis.
Our project is based on the premise that rethinking the future of macroeconomic and monetary integration in Europe requires a substantial revision and integration of the underlying macroeconomic model and a new vision about what markets and policy-makers can accomplish.
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On 8 June the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, one of RAstaNEWS partners, is organizing an inaugural lecture of the Complexity Lab in Economics. Professor Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate and member of the RAstaNEWS International Advisory Board, will be the keynot speaker at the event.


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RAstaNEWS organized its Second Annual Conference, which was held at ISPI's headquarters on 13 March. Click here for a video of the event, and much more.


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