Crisis and Recovery in the German Economy: The real lessons Servaas Storm and C.W.M. Naastepad

The main lesson to draw from Germany's rebound from crisis is that if a country's technological competitiveness is stronger and consensual macro-governance structure is more effective, the country will more likely weather a crisis. German_Economy (Download the full text in PDF format) (This article was originally published in the journal, "Structural Change and Economic Dynamics", 32 (2015) 11-24.)

How Austerity Economics Turned Europe into the Hunger Games An interview with Servaas Storm

Lynn Parramore: What do we need to know about economists and their relationship to power? Servaas Storm: In a brief moment after financial crisis, mainstream economists did some soul-searching and rethinking. But once the economy stabilized (somewhat) thanks to large-scale government support, most went back to “normal,” rebuilding their professional status as neutral technocratic advisors and portraying macroeconomists as mere engineers solving practical problems. This is a chutzpah. Macroeconomics starts off from vision, moral values, perspectives and ideology, which color any analysis and need to be disclosed and debated. This was clear in the old days to economists as diverse…