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Future of Europe Reform or Decline

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ISBN-10: 0262512041

ISBN-13: 9780262512046

Edition: 2006

Authors: Alberto Alesina, Francesco Giavazzi

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Unless Europe takes action soon, its further economic and political decline is almost inevitable, economists Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi write in this provocative book. Without comprehensive reform, continental Western Europe's overprotected, overregulated economies will continue to slow--and its political influence will become negligible. This doesn't mean that Italy, Germany, France, and other now-prosperous countries will become poor; their standard of living will remain comfortable. But they will become largely irrelevant on the world scene. In The Future of Europe, Alesina and Giavazzi (themselves Europeans) outline the steps that Europe must take to prevent its economic and…    
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2004) and coeditor (with Christopher Udry) of Readings in Development Microeconomics, Volumes I and II (MIT Press, 2000).Alberto Alesina is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economics at Harvard University. He is the coauthor (with Enrico Spolaore) of The Size of Nations (MIT Press, 2003).

Francesco Giavazzi is professor of economics at Bocconi University, Italy, and visiting professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a research associate of the NBER.

Preface
Introduction
Europe and the United States: Two Different Social Models
Handling a Multiethnic Society
Americans at Work, Europeans on Holiday
Job Security, Job Regulations, and 14 Million Unemployed
Technology, Research, and Universities
Competition, Innovation, and the Myth of National Champions
Interest Groups against Liberalization
The Judicial System and the Cost of Doing Business
Conflicts of Interest in Financial Markets
A United Europe?
The Rhetoric of Dirigisme and Coordination
The Euro
Budget Fixes
A Wake-up Call for Europeans
Index