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Richard Parker: Causes Of Greek Economic Crisis More Complex Than Many People Think (VIDEO)

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An EU flag is flies in front of the ancient Acropolis in Athens on May 9, 2012. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)
An EU flag is flies in front of the ancient Acropolis in Athens on May 9, 2012. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

The causes of the economic crisis in Greece may not be as simple as you think.

In a new video from the Harvard Kennedy School, lecturer Richard Parker explains some of the lessons we should take from the country's current predicament. Per the Campaign for the American Conversation, Parker is also "a former economic advisor to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou."

He argues that we shouldn't "fall into easy answers about the character or the moral values of other people" to explain Greece's problems. According to Parker, "the story has been told in America as one of the feckless Greeks, the lazy Greeks, the non-tax paying Greeks. It's not true."

Watch the video above to hear Parker's takedown of these myths (via YouTube/Harvard Kennedy School)

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