Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates face the dual shock of the pandemic and the oil price collapse. Drawing lessons from the European Union’s response to its sovereign debt crisis, this column proposes a stability mechanism for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council aimed at institutionalising solidarity and fiscal discipline among them. The mechanism would issue some special obligations and lend the proceeds at low rates to its members, requiring them to undertake economic reforms in return.
Aitor ErceIndependent Research and Policy Advisor
Aitor Erce works as an independent research and policy advisor. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at LUISS. Previously, Aitor worked for six years as Principal Economist at the European Stability Mechanism, where he managed the ESM´s Working Paper Series, and seven years as Research Economist at the Bank of Spain´s General Directorate of International Affairs. Aitor has been involved in the evaluation and design of international financial policies related to sovereign debt restructuring and official lending programs. He also contributed to the development of tools for debt sustainability analysis and for detecting risks to market access. He holds an MSc from CEMFI and a PhD from the European University Institute. Aitor is an associate researcher with the Dallas Fed’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute and with Warwick University’s IMF Research Network.