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Decades of Tight Fiscal Policy Have Left the Health Care System in Italy Ill-Prepared to Fight the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Although austerity was particularly strong in the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2008 and its consequences in the euro area, Italian fiscal policies have been characterised by tough consolidation periods ever since the 1990s.

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Correspondence to Franz J. Prante, Alessandro Bramucci or Achim Truger.

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Franz Prante, Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR); and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Alessandro Bramucci, Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), Germany.

Achim Truger, University of Duisburg-Essen; and German Council of Economic Experts, Wiesbaden, Germany.

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Prante, F.J., Bramucci, A. & Truger, A. Decades of Tight Fiscal Policy Have Left the Health Care System in Italy Ill-Prepared to Fight the COVID-19 Outbreak. Intereconomics 55, 147–152 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10272-020-0886-0

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