Δευτέρα, 9 Μαρτίου 2015

Germany rebalancing: Waiting for Godot?

Germany rebalancing: Waiting for Godot?

German rebalancing is always about to happen but never does: the country’s current account surplus hit a record 7.5 per cent of GDP in 2014. A much lower surplus would be in the interests of Germans and their trade partners alike. Yet the German economy is highly unlikely to rebalance of its own accord: that requires a big public investment programme and higher public sector wages; lower consumption taxes and higher ones on corporate income, wealth and property; steps to encourage greater home ownership, and hence a more equal distribution of wealth and lower household savings; and unequivocal German support for aggressive monetary stimulus by the ECB.

View the press release.

Simon Tilford is deputy director of
 the Centre for European Reform.


sourche:http://www.cer.org.uk/publications/archive/policy-brief/2015/germany-rebalancing-waiting-godot?utm_source=All+website+signups+as+of+21+March+2014&utm_campaign=e4e4162b63-Germany_rebalancing_waiting_for_godot&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c3be79867d-e4e4162b63-301763949

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