The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper and Statistical Appendix reviews fiscal developments in Greece, comparing its revenue and expenditure patterns with a number of comparator country averages, and discusses prospects. The paper focuses on the evolution and tax-determinants of the most widely followed indicator of the health and competitiveness of a banking system, the lending-deposit spread. It also brings to bear a wide variety of indicators and econometric techniques to the problem of understanding the state and prospects of the banking system.