Sustainable post-pandemic recovery and public finances – which institutions do we need?

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Public debt has soared across the OECD during the pandemic crisis, while inequalities have deepened. Without a strong and sustainable recovery, the crisis may leave deep scars. Meanwhile seizing the opportunities of the digital transition and the journey towards a carbon-neutral economy requires investments in skills and infrastructure along with deep structural reforms. Are fiscal institutions in Europe, and in German-speaking countries in particular, fit for purpose? What lessons from the past and experiences in other countries are relevant?

Those questions were discussed during a webinar on 11 June.

Presentation: Laurence Boone | OECD

Followed by a discussion with:

Christoph Badelt | Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council, Vienna
Clemens Fuest | ifo Institute, Munich
Michael Hüther | German Economic Institute (IW), Cologne
Philippa Sigl-Glöckner | Dezernat Zukunft
Jan-Egbert Sturm | KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich

Moderator: Nicola Brandt | OECD Berlin Centre

Recording of the event: