Improving the SGP: Taxes and Delegation Rather than Fines
2004 (English)Report (Other academic)
We analyze motivations for, and possible alternatives to, the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). With regard to the former, we identify domestic policy failures and various cross-country spillover effects; with regard to the latter, we contrast an “economic-theory” perspective on optimal corrective measures with the “legalistic” perspective adopted in the SGP. We discuss the advantages of replacing the Pact’s rigid rules backed by fines with corrective taxes (as far as spillover effects are concerned) and procedural rules and limited delegation of fiscal powers (as far as domestic policy failures are concerned). This would not only enhance the efficiency of the Pact, but also render it easier to enforce.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: IIES , 2004. , 28 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. (Online), ISSN 1653-610X ; 733
Stability and Growth Pact, spillover effects, policy failures, Pigouvian taxes, policy delegation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42211DiVA: diva2:344379