Mario Baldassarri and Francesco Busato evaluate the impact produced by a new cycle of structural reforms over European Union economies. The structural reforms concern the size and the composition of government expenditure, the good and services markets, and the labour market. The book illustrates how the key challenge for European countries is not to discuss how policies could be implemented (for example, fiscal policy competition versus fiscal policy coordination), but to implement them.
MARIO BALDASSARRI is Full Professor of Economics, at University of Rome "La Sapienza" and was appointed Viceminister of the Economy and Finance of the Italian Republic in June 2001. He is author of several books and scientific publications on a wide range of economic issues, including the role of government spending in economic growth, industrial policy, the labour market and employment. - FRANCESCO BUSATO is a Phd candidate (Columbia University), Researcher at University of Rome "La Sapienza", and Advisor as a Senior Economist at the Research Office of Consip S.p.A. (Italian e-procurement agency). His current research interest involves Dynamic General Equilibrium Theory, Fiscal Policy, Finance and Asset Pricing, Auction theory and Mechanism Design.