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Aggregate Wage Flexibility in Selected New EU Member States

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  • Ian Babetskii

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A fixed exchange rate regime eliminates one degree of freedom in absorbing macroeconomic shocks. Therefore, there is a call for higher labor market flexibility in countries which are members of the monetary union or those which intend to join the monetary union. Focusing on the cross-country analysis of labor markets in the enlarged European Union over 1995-2004, this paper aims to assess empirically the role of aggregate wages as a correction mechanism for dealing with economic disturbances. We apply classical time series/panel, Bayesian, and cointegration techniques to determine the extent to which aggregate wages can accommodate shocks in the economy.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1916.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: ERM-II; euro adoption; labor market; wage flexibility;

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