Richard Parker: What You’ve Heard About Greece Is Not True


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You’ve probably come across reports that the Greeks are feckless tax evaders who largely brought their economic crisis on themselves. But Richard Parker, a lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School who’s also a former economic advisor to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, says that’s not the case. He reminds us we need to avoid “easy answers” that suggest moral failings cause a country’s financial and economic woes.

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