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Structural Reforms and the Enlargement of Monetary Union

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  • Carsten Hefeker

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The paper addresses the question what effects the enlargement of a monetary union will have on necessary structural reforms in the (low distortion) member countries and the (high distortion) candidate countries. While monetary union lowers reforms in the candidate countries, members of the monetary union will increase their reform efforts. The paper also derives the conditions under which countries agree to an enlargement of monetary union.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1057.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1057

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Keywords: monetary union; asymmetric shocks; inflation; structural reforms; convergence;

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Cited by:
  1. Carsten Hefeker, 2002. "Lohnpolitik und Geldpolitik in Euroland," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 71(3), pages 354-367.
  2. Carsten Hefeker, 2006. "EMU Enlargement, Policy Uncertainty and Economic Reforms," CESifo Working Paper Series 1767, CESifo Group Munich.

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