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The Eurozone Crisis: Overview and Issues for Congress

Discusses the economic problems in the European Union related to the debt crisis which began in Greece in 2009, the policy responses by European leaders, and the potential exposure of the U.S. and its economy to the European problems.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Greece’s Debt Crisis: Overview, Policy Responses, and Implications

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Greece

Reviews the background of Greece’s debt crisis, policy responses that have been tried by European Union and international organization officials, and the issues for the U.S. Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


European Financial Imbalances: Implications of the Eurozone Sovereign Debt Problem for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Explores a wide range of alternative macroeconomic outcomes to the debt problems of some European countries such as Greece and their potential impact on the exporting of U.S. agricultural products.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009

Reports that hourly compensation costs in manufacturing industries in the U.S. in 2009 were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other major manufacturing countries.  Average hourly compensation costs in manufacturing in the U.S. rose about 4% to $33.53.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Comparisons: Country at a Glance

Offers statistical comparisons of about 36 countries showing worker pay, productivity, unemployment, gross domestic product, and prices (for most countries).  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Over-Indebtedness of European Households in 2008

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Germany,Great Britain,Greece,Statistics

Reports that the proportion of individuals in households owing an amount larger than the monthly disposable income exceeded 5% in the United Kingdom, Germany, Cyprus, Austria, and Greece.  Provides data on debt for each of the European Union countries.  From Eurostat

The Impact of the European Debt Crisis on U.S. Import Prices

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Foreign Trade/Investment,Greece,Prices/Inflation,Spain,Statistics

Although the value of the Euro has fallen by 18% compared to the dollar due to deficit problems in countries like Greece and Spain, prices of products imported into the U.S. from Europe have not fallen in a comparable fashion.   This paper looks at exchange rates and other factors which may be affecting prices.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sovereign Debt Crises: It’s All Greek to Me

Categories: European Union,Govt Finance,Greece

Explains what sovereign debt is, how it has become a problem for Greece and some other European Union countries, and whether it may become a serious problem for the U.S.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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