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Athanassios Petralias & Pródromos Prodromídis: Price discovery under crisis: Uncovering the determinant factors of prices using efficient Bayesian model selection methods

We seek to uncover the determinants of consumer prices in Greece by considering a large set of potential factors and accounting for delayed effects. To accomplish this we rely on recently presented Bayesian model selection methods which are efficiently adapted in the present context. Consumer prices drop significantly during the periods of discount sales, especially in the last two years; VAT changes are mostly absorbed (above 50%) by the producers; …Read More

Vassilios G. Papavassiliou: Financial contagion during the European sovereign debt crisis: a selective literature review

Contagion is an elusive concept and several definitions have been used in the literature. According to Forbes and Rigobon (2002) contagion is defined as a significant increase in cross-market linkages after a shock to one country. In this paper we provide a selective literature review on international financial contagion, placing special emphasis on the ongoing European sovereign debt crisis. In summary, empirical research has pointed toward the existence of contagion …Read More

Rebekka Christopoulou & Vassilis Monastiriotis: The public-private duality in wage reforms and adjustment during the Greek crisis

There is a general perception that the crisis in Greece impacted mostly public sector wages, whereas in fact its impact on private sector wages has been equally large, if not larger. In this paper we examine sector-specific wage reforms and dynamics for the duration of the crisis, using micro-data from the Greek Labour Force Survey over 2009-2013 and applying a wage-decomposition analysis on the basis of an endogenous switching regression …Read More

Pavlos Masouros: Corporate Governance and the Great Recession: An Alternative Explanation for Germany’s Success in the Post-2008 World

The ability of a nation to resist a crisis depends on the institutional or spatio-temporal fixes it possesses, which can buffer the effects of the crisis, switch the crisis to other nations or defer its effects to the future. Corporate governance configurations in a given country can function as institutional or spatio-temporal fixes provided they are positioned within an appropriate institutional environment that can give rise to beneficial complementarities. Germany …Read More

Eleni Panagiotarea: IMF in the Eurozone: A Case of Too Close to Fail?

The IMF is as much a product of (financial) history, as much as it is making (financial) history. In its latest foray in the Eurozone crisis, it has become the indispensable partner in the design, funding, implementation, and monitoring of programmes aimed to restoring fiscal and external imbalances. It has also taken most of the blame for programme countries’ mixed implementation record. Embroiled in national politics and in the politics …Read More