Greece's Sovereign Debt Crisis

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Case Code : ECON035 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
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Case Length : 16 pages
Period : 2004-2010
Pub. Date : 2011
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : -
Countries : Greece, Europe


The debt problem in Greece - about 125% of the country's GDP - came out into the open in 2008-2009, having remained undisclosed till then, and soon turned into a sovereign debt crisis.

Many economists opined that the main cause of this problem was the huge expenditure incurred on the 2004 Olympics and the false accounting of the budget report during the period 1999-2008. The solution in the long term was to overcome the debt by implementing stringent monetary and fiscal policies and constraining the further growth of debt. In the short term, though, the IMF expressed its intent to provide loans at a low interest rate in order to let the Greek economy retreat from the tangles of the debt crisis.

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Also, as the euro currency was being shared by 16 countries of EU, no EU country would want the value of the currency to go down. As a result, to protect Greece, rich EU countries, namely France and Germany, also came to its aid.


To analyze the nature and causes of Greece's sovereign debt crisis

To debate on the alternatives / options available in the short run and in the long run to diffuse the economic crisis and discuss the relevant monetary and fiscal policies to be used

To analyze all the possible implications of Greece's sovereign debt crisis for the European Union in general and the European Central Bank in particular.


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Greece's Sovereign Debt Crisis 1
Growth of Grece 1
The Greek Economy 2
Debt Crisis: Causes and Consequences 4
Grece Debt Crisis and the EU 6
Measures to Rescue Grece 7
Exhibits 8


Greek Economy, Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis, Nature and Causes of Greece's Sovereign Debt Crisis, Implications of Greece's Debt, Unrest in Euro Zone, European Economic Crisis, Monetary and Fiscal Policies, Euro Currency, IMF Aid to Greece, PIGS and Euro Zone

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