Applying nominal expenditure rules in the euro area

Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Researchers' work published externally

In the debate on euro area fiscal governance, the current deficit rules of the EU have repeatedly been criticised to have a pro-cyclical effect, leading to overly lax fiscal policies in good times and a too restrictive regime in bad times. An analysis by EconPol researchers Clemens Fuest and Daniel Gros shows that most major EU countries are over-spending at a level not compatible with spending rules for sustainable public finances.

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