EP panel discussion with Olivier Blanchard

Fiscal Standards for Europe - Economic Policy Panel discussion with Olivier Blanchard

The European Union should abandon the fiscal rules intended to put constraints on national budgetary policies in favour of fiscal standards – qualitative prescriptions that leave room for judgment together with a process to decide whether the standards are met.
That is the central conclusion of a new research report by Olivier Blanchard (Peterson Institute for International Economics), Álvaro Leandro (CaixaBank Research) and Jeromin Zettelmeyer (International Monetary Fund).

Economic Policy invites you to join us for an extended online presentation and discussion of the forthcoming studyRedesigning the EU Fiscal Rules: From Rules to Standards”.


  • presentation by Olivier Blanchard (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
  • discussion presentations by Davide Debortoli (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Michael McMahon (University of Oxford)
  • panellist comments by Beatrice Weder di Mauro (CEPR, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and INSEAD) Jakob von Weizsäcker (Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany)
  • Q&As