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Labour Markets and Monetary Union: A Strategic Analysis

  • Cukierman, Alex
  • Lippi, Francesco

This paper shows that the effects of a monetary union depend on several labour market features. In particular, the switch from national monetary policies to a common monetary policy usually affects both inflation and unemployment, even when all structural parameters of the economy and of unions' and policymakers' preferences remain the same. The benchmark case of a monetary union between identical countries suggests that the switch to a monetary union is likely to make labour unions more aggressive, increasing unemployment. Qualifications to this result are provided under alternative institutional scenarios, like cross-country asymmetries, (pre-union) ERM membership and wage leadership.

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Volume (Year): 111 (2001)
Issue (Month): 473 (July)
Pages: 541-65

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