The Stability and Growth Pact, and Balanced Budget Fiscal Stimulus: Evidence from Germany and Italy

Konstantinos Karagounis, Dimitrios Syrrakos, John Simister
2015 Intereconomics. Review of European Economic Policy  
This paper assesses the limitations that the Stability and Growth Pact has imposed on Italy's economic recovery and its debt reduction. By evaluating Germany's fiscal policy since 1997, the paper offers recommendations for the Italian authorities. Measures put forward by European Union institutions are hampering Italy's economic recovery and evidence indicates that fiscal consolidation is ineffective in reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio. A balanced-budget fiscal injection seems the only way for
more » ... ly to escape from economic slump without further violations of the SGP. The paper concludes that the Pact needs to be reformed, or replaced by a central fiscal authority. (JEL E62, E63) I.
doi:10.1007/s10272-015-0522-6 fatcat:sofnt2mpmraw3fix66hhtfom7e