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Inflation differentials in EMU: what can we learn from the time series evidence?

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  • Thomai Filippeli

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This note discusses whether the inflation process in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain - countries that after the launch of the euro experienced national inflation rates above the weighted average of the EMU- has different time series properties from the EMU average and explains the possible implications of inflation differentials for the union and the national governments of member-countries. We find that the inflation differentials in Greece, Portugal and Spain are a long-run phenomenon which leads to a continuous real exchange appreciation. We interpret this as evidence for the debt problems that have arisen over the last two years in euro area.

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  • Thomai Filippeli, 2011. "Inflation differentials in EMU: what can we learn from the time series evidence?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2541-2548.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00512
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    1. Knobel, A. & Mironov, A., 2015. "Assessment of CIS Countries Readiness for Creation of Currency Union," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 25(1), pages 76-101.

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    Keywords

    currency union; inflation differentials; euro area; bayesian estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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