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The Single Currency and Labour Market Flexibility: A Necessary Partnership?

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  • Hughes Hallett, Andrew J
  • Ma, Yue
  • Demertzis, Maria

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This paper examines the macroeconomic consequences of rigidities in the European labour markets, and shows that attempts to impose a single monetary regime on economies with different structures can lead to a breakdown in co-ordination. Such breakdowns can occur when expenditure-switching effects are dominated by the income effects of greater policy discipline. Market flexibility should therefore be given greater importance than the process of policy formulation in the "New Europe." Copyright 2000 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Hughes Hallett, Andrew J & Ma, Yue & Demertzis, Maria, 2000. "The Single Currency and Labour Market Flexibility: A Necessary Partnership?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 47(2), pages 141-155, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:47:y:2000:i:2:p:141-55
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    1. Ian Babetskii, 2006. "Aggregate Wage Flexibility in Selected New EU Member States," Working Papers 2006/1, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
    2. Maria Demertzis & Guntram B. Wolff, 2016. "What are the prerequisites for a euro-area fiscal capacity?," Policy Contributions 16381, Bruegel.

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