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Welfare and Employment in a United Europe: A Study for the Fondazione Rdolofo Debenedetti

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  • Giuseppe Bertola
    () (University of Turin)
  • Tito Boeri
    () (Bocconi University)
  • Giuseppe Nicoletti
    () (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Abstract

Over the last twenty years, fifteen Western European nations have removed most barriers to trade and migration, as well as most forms of national discrimination in economic and social exchange. Some have also given up their national currency and their ability to conduct independent monetary and fiscal policy. Opinion on the future of structural reform in the European Union tends to fall into two camps. One side argues that the single market and monetary union will make it more difficult to carry out badly needed structural reforms. The other side contends that, as monetary policy is decided elsewhere, countries will have more resources to concentrate on structural concerns. Welfare and Employment in a United Europe takes a nuanced approach to the issues. Unusual for an edited volume, it consists of two long studies--each written by a group of economists working in four different countries of the European Union--followed by commentary. The first study suggests that social reform can be achieved without strengthening European Union institutions and should entail limited international redistribution. The second suggests that, although liberalization of product and labor markets offers substantial benefits, there is no guarantee that the European Monetary Union will result in fewer product market restrictions or less employment protection.

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This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262024837 and published in 2001.

Volume: 1
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0-262-02483-7
Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262024837

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Keywords: welfare; Fondazione Rdolofo Debenedetti; employment; european monetary union;

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