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Title :Market and political power interactions in Greece: a theory
Creator :Kollintzas, Tryphon
Papageorgiou, Dimitris
Vassilatos, Vanghelis
Contributor :Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics (Issuing body)
Type :Text
Extent :48 pages
Language :en
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Abstract :In recent years the growth pattern of Greece has been disturbed, as this country issuffering from a persisting economic crisis that goes beyond the usual business cycle. In this paper, we develop a neoclassical growth model of market and political power interactions that explains this crisis. The model incorporates the insiders-outsiders labor market structure and the concept of an elite government. Outsiders form a group of workers that supply labor to a competitive private sector. And, insiders form a group of workers that enjoy market power in supplying labor to the public sector and influence the policy decisions of government, including those that affect the development and maintenance of public sector infrastructures. This leads to labor misallocation andinefficient fiscal policies. Despite the fact that expanding public sector output has a positive effecton growth, eventually this is counterbalanced by the labor misallocation and inefficient tax policyoutcomes. Thus, the deep and sustained growth reversal occurring in Greece is explained as aconsequence of the organizational structure of the labor market, that has important implications onthe workings of the economic and political systems.
Subject :Politicoeconomic equilibrium
fiscal policy
greek crisis
Date Available :2017-03-15 10:39:27
Date Issued :2016
Date Submitted :2017-03-15 10:39:27
Access Rights :Free access
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