The Agora


The Greek economy: A macro view

Season 3, Ep. 6

The Greek economy is back in focus on this episode of The Agora as we take a peak at the 2022 budget and a closer look at broader trends and challenges.

MacroPolis co-founder Yiannis Mouzakis provides a whistlestop tour of the budget, explaining its key elements and what obstacles the Greek government's economic plan could encounter next year.

Two men with extensive knowledge of the Greek economy, Bob Traa and Jens Bastian, join us for a broad discussion about causes for optimism, but also reasons to be cautious as 2022 beckons, including low productivity, high unemployment and limited prospects at home for young Greeks.

Bob was the IMF’s senior representative in Greece at the outset of the economic crisis, between 2010 and 2013. He has also written a book about the country's economic challenges (more below).

Jens is a senior policy adviser at the ELIAMEP think-tank in Athens. He also works an independent economic analyst.

Mentioned on this episode:

The series of articles by Bob & Jens for MacroPolis:

Bob Traa's book:

Bob's article on migration shifts in the EU:

Jens's publications for ELIAMEP:

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