Two Greek economic analysts explain the Greek financial crisisfrom beginning to end.The first section of Greece: From Exit to Recovery? explores the lead up to to Greece's adoption of the euro. Authors Theodore Pelagidis and Michael Mitsopoulos believe that the ensuing challenges were foreseeable. In fact, the authors posit that it was Greece's difficultly in dealing with those challenges that sparked the euro crisis.Section II analyzes discrete sectors of the economy, paying special attention to labor and financeand the mistakes creditors made in focusing on reducing Greek incomesrather than increasing competitiveness on non-labor costs.Section III investigates why Greek companies spend relatively little on research and development.? The authors' analysis indicates that policy decisions largely determine R&D performance in the private sector, and they advance a number of specific policy proposals to improve the situation.
Brookings Institution Press
From Exit to Recovery?