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posted Aug 5, 2009, 3:32 AM by Gunnar Rögnvaldsson   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 6:03 PM ]

Grein Hans-Werner Sinn birtist í Wall Street Journal í gær

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  • No other major European economy is suffering as much from the shockwaves of the U.S. financial crisis as Germany 
  • Germany’s economy will probably shrink by more than 6% in 2009
  • So why is Germany so much worse off than most of its European Union peers? 
  • Germany systematically obliterated its labor-intensive domestic sectors with its policy of reducing income disparities across skill categories 
  • By offering low-skilled workers welfare and unemployment benefits that often exceeded the wages they could earn in the private sector, policy makers condemned them to chronic unemployment 

  • A misguided social policy Germany was struck by a virtually unparalleled mass exodus of capital and talent out of the labor intensive domestic sectors 
  • This explains the high German capital and manufacturing export surpluses. 
  • Instead of putting the machines produced in Germany to work in Germany, they were exported, creating work abroad 
  • Germans save like others, but invest less than any other OECD country 
  • It is no small wonder that during the period from 1995 to 2009, Germany will come in at the bottom of the list in economic growth. 
  • While the 15 western EU nations will have grown on average by 27.1% over the period, Germany will have managed a mere 14.3%, surpassing only anemic Italy, which comes in last with 11.9%

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