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A note on European external imbalances and the euro adoption

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  • Carlos A. Carrasco

    () (School of Economics, National Polytechnic Institute)

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In this note, we empirically investigate the effects of the euro adoption in the current account in the Eurozone (EA). As a whole, EA countries have presented a current account close to balance. However, at the individual level, EA countries have presented significant and persistent divergences in their current account balances. We implement a differences-in-differences approach using EU-27 and OECD high-income countries as control groups with robust estimation techniques. Our results show evidence of significant effects of the euro adoption in the current account for the EA-12 countries, especially for the GIIPS (Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain) countries. Moreover, the current account balance in the euro period is positively related to the current account balance of the pre-euro era.

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  • Carlos A. Carrasco, 2015. "A note on European external imbalances and the euro adoption," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(4), pages 2104-2109.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-15-00036
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    1. Cristian Păun, 2016. "The Adoption Of Euro In Case Of Romania: The Main (Counter) Arguments," Review of Social and Economic Issues, Romanian-American University, vol. 1(3), pages 76-94, march.

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    Keywords

    European imbalances; current account; euro adoption; GIIPS;

    JEL classification:

    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy

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