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A Stabilization Fund Can Make the Euro Area More Crisis-Proof

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  • Marius Clemens
  • Mathias Klein

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Reorganizing European fiscal policy is a main topic in current reform considerations. In particular, the creation of a European stabilization mechanism is being discussed. This study examines the macroeconomic effects of a stabilization fund, the economic consequences of which are analyzed in an equilibrium model. The model shows that a stabilization fund reduces economic fluctuations and is thus a mechanism for making the entire currency area more crisis-proof in the future. However, it should be noted that a stabilization fund may be more politically feasible than shifting responsibility from the national level to a new European Ministry of Finance. Moreover, moral hazard in regards to the behavior of individual countries must be taken into account when designing the stabilization fund. For example, parallel to the introduction of a European stabilization fund, compliance with fiscal rules should be effectively enforced.

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  • Marius Clemens & Mathias Klein, 2018. "A Stabilization Fund Can Make the Euro Area More Crisis-Proof," DIW Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 8(22/23), pages 193-200.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwdwr:dwr8-22-1
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    Keywords

    Monetary union; stabilization fund; fiscal policy;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • F45 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Macroeconomic Issues of Monetary Unions

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