I am grateful for the love and support my family and Elizabeth gave me throughout the writing of the book.
I thank Professors Howard J. Sherman, Robert N. Pollin, and Victor D. Lippit at the Department of Economics, University of California, Riverside, for extremely useful comments and insights on an earlier draft of the manuscript.
I wish to thank the Centre of Economic Research and Planning (KEPE), in Athens, Greece, for the use of their facilities and for their support. In particular, Dr. Louka T. Katseli, the director of KEPE at that time, was very accommodating to my research needs. Additionally, I wish to thank Costas Iliopoulos, an assistant librarian at KEPE, for his unexpected and expedient help in locating very important dated material. Moreover, I am grateful to him for providing me with transportation during the bus and taxi strikes.
I thank the economists and research staffs at the University of Athens and at the Bank of Greece for their assistance during my research. In particular, I thank Dr. Xenophon Zolotas, the Honorary Governor of the Bank of Greece and former Prime Minister of the 1989 Coalition Government, for the research materials given to me.
I am also grateful to the staffs at the National