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Roubini Topic Archive: Eurozone

  • Why Would Anyone Want to Make the US More Like Europe? Here are Some Reasons

    The idea that Democrats want to make America more like Europe is a favorite Republican attack line. Writing in The New York Times, David Brooks expresses amazement that so many millennials are supporting Bernie Sanders, an open admirer of the European model. Why would anyone in their right mind favor “sluggish” Europe over “vibrant” America? […]

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  • Is Greece Like Israel? Why the New Yorker is Wrong about the Shekel and the Euro

    Bernard Avishai, who teaches business at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, published an article in The New Yorker this week titled “Why Greece Needs the Euro.” A key part of his argument hinges on a comparison between Greece and Italy. In fact, Avishai has it backwards. A closer look at the Israeli experience shows that […]

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  • Program Notes for the Greek Endgame: Austerity, Cyprus, and Currency Union Exits

    The Greek government has rejected the latest austerity and reform proposals from the EU, the ECB, and the IMF.  It has declared a national referendum, scheduled for Sunday, and urges a “No” vote. “”We ask you to reject it with all the might of your soul, with the greatest margin possible,” says Prime Minister Alexis […]

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  • Russian Crisis Hits Latvia, but (So Far) Not as Badly as Feared

    From the beginning, it was clear that the economic crisis in Russia would pose multiple problems for Latvia and its Baltic neighbors. Until recently, many businesspeople in Latvia had seen close trade, transportation, and financial linkages as strengths that allowed their country to serve as Russia’s economic portal to the EU. Since the middle of […]

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  • Did Austerity Work in Britain? One Chart Tells It All

    The general election campaign is in full swing in Britain, and it seems it’s all about austerity. From London, The New York Times reports that the campaign revolves around a single issue: the economy, and whether its rebound is the result of an austerity policy championed by the Conservative-led government of David Cameron, or in […]

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  • What Ever Happened to the Misery Index?

    Remember the 1960s? The 1970s? Back then, inflation surged from one peak to another but failed to deliver the low unemployment rates promised by the Phillips curve. In fit of frustration, economist Arthur Okun invented what he called the misery index—the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates. As the following chart shows, those were […]

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  • Prices are Falling in the Eurozone, but is it “Real” Deflation?

    The Eurozone has been on the brink of deflation for months. The latest data show that for the first time, consumer prices for the currency area as a whole (and for 12 of its 19 member countries) were actually lower in December than a year earlier. But is it “real” deflation? In a pair of […]

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  • Why Angry Greek Voters Backed Change in Fiscal Policy. What Lessons for America?

    First posted Jan. 6, updated Jan 26. Updates in italics Yesterday Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected the policies of extreme austerity favored by its Eurozone partners. Yes, Greece’s problems are, at least in part homemade. No outside powers forced it to run the excessive deficits that fed an overheated boom in the years leading up to […]

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  • Five Reasons Not to Fear Deflation: Which Ones Make Sense?

    In a post earlier this week, I explained why a majority of economists fear deflation. They argue that deflation disrupts the operation of financial markets and labor markets in a way that risks touching off a downward spiral. At the same time, they say, deflation weakens the power of monetary policy to reverse the downward […]

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  • Why Should Europe (or Anyone Else) Fear Deflation?

    This is the first of a two-part series on deflation, which continues with “Five Reasons Not to Fear Inflation: Which Ones Make Sense?” This additional post updates the euro deflation story through December 2014 and discusses the impact of oil prices on deflation in Europe. Europe is fearful as it teeters on the brink of […]

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