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Heh. Ireland's competitive advantage is that somebody pumped a gazillion euros into the economy over a period of thirty years to build infrastructure and so on. Can't remember where that money came from though. Must have been some free-market effect.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 06:06:49 AM EST
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Nonono. Portugal and Greece got the same, and never prospered. It was the right policy mix (read 'lower taxes') wotdunnit

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 06:16:27 AM EST
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What do you mean never prospered? They may not have gotten to the top of the GDP per capita list, but Portugal is way more prosperous now than in 1986. I don't know about Greece.

But, yes, spending EU moneys in the right way is very important. Apparently the Czech republic has gotten a warning from the EU that they are not proposing enough projects to take advantage of EU funds and as a result might be allocated less in the future.

I think your argument that policy matters (which underlies most of your economics writing) is the right counterpoint to the neo-liberal assault on government.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 06:21:24 AM EST
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on what relates to Portugal, there had been an slow, but continuous increase (a convergence) in personal wealth towards the wealthy western european level for at least 50 yrs, and possibly the entire 20th century. it stopped in 2002, because of - 1 - the bad politics of the previous 15 yrs [1], and - 2 - rampant comsumerism. all resulting from very low education levels - which, it must be said everytime although it is nothing original, was a deliberate policy, maintained only because benefited at short time a few.

[1] the delay factor or operator. it kills us - by giving merit to regressive politics or customs that follow progressive ones which were the actual responsible for the increase in the well-being of a society. it exists in systems theory and is applyed in electronics, but hardly in general economic theory, does it not?

by findmeaDoorIntoSummer on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 12:48:33 PM EST
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Yup. Why, Ireland had a top tax rate of only 58% until into the late eighties or early 90s. Luckily, the free-market knew that the tax rates would drop rapidly from the mid 90s onwards and was able to react to that stimulus ten years in advance. That's why it's magic.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 06:25:44 AM EST
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