EU Sources - Europe’s wage development and the Troika intervention - December 31, 2017

In a Global Labour Column, the impact of the Troika intervention is assessed. The author refers to the fact that all countries in the European Monetary Union (EMU) have been severely hit by the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009. However, the Troika did not push for a symmetric adjustment mechanism. It would have been functional to push current account surplus countries such as Germany towards substantially higher wage increases and fiscal expansion, and deficit countries like Greece, Spain or Portugal towards lower wage increases. Instead, deficit countries alone were pushed into enforcing nominal wage cuts to increase their price competitiveness. Wage cuts were combined with Washington Consensus-style policies, including flexibilization of labour markets, privatisation and deregulation of public utilities.

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