12 Apr 2013

Portugal: In Economics, we call it conflict of interest!

Leonor Coutinho

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Faced with limited options for coming up with the funds needed to pay off the next instalment on its bailout loan, Portugal is advised in this Commentary by economist Leonor Coutinho to trim the number of public sector employees, in combination with an increase in public sector working hours, among the lowest in Europe. In her view, these measures will have the best long-term implications both in terms of fiscal sustainability and of labour productivity, and may finally allow the country to resume the catching-up process that has been stalled since the start of EMU.

Leonor Coutinho is Senior Researcher at Europrism Research in Cyprus and a Special Scientist at the University of Cyprus.