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Chapter 2: European Imbalances


  • Giuseppe Bertola
  • John Driffill
  • Harold James
  • Hans-Werner Sinn
  • Jan-Egbert Sturm
  • Ákos Valentinyi


This chapter identifies the factors that led to imbalances in the euro area, which resulted in the current balance-of-payments crisis. The chapter also discusses how rebalancing might be achieved, and how fiscal policy could accelerate this process.

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  • Giuseppe Bertola & John Driffill & Harold James & Hans-Werner Sinn & Jan-Egbert Sturm & Ákos Valentinyi, 2013. "Chapter 2: European Imbalances," EEAG Report on the European Economy, CESifo Group Munich, vol. 0, pages 55-72, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:eeagre:v::y:2013:i::p:55-72

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    1. Hope, David, 2016. "Estimating the effect of the EMU on current account balances: A synthetic control approach," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 20-40.
    2. Schilirò, Daniele, 2017. "Imbalances and policies in the Eurozone," MPRA Paper 82847, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. repec:nov:artigo:v:25:y:2015:i:spe:p:749-775 is not listed on IDEAS

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