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Economic policies on Slovenia's road to the euro area

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On 1 January 2007, Slovenia was the first new EU member state to enter the euro area. Since June 2004, the Slovenian tolar participated in the exchange rate mechanism ERM-II with a central parity of 239.64 against the euro. This parity was also the conversion rate upon euro area accession. Applying a macroeconometric model of Slovenia, this paper analyses the macroeconomic effects of different conversion rates. These simulations are compared to a scenario with flexible exchange rates. The best results are obtained with the actual conversion rate. In addition, it is shown that the labour market performance can be significantly improved by cutting non-wage labour costs.

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  • Weyerstrass, Klaus, 2008. "Economic policies on Slovenia's road to the euro area," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 92-102, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:32:y:2008:i:1:p:92-102
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