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Exchange Rate Movements and Employment Growth: An OCA Assessment of the CEE Economies


  • Ansgar Belke
  • Leo Kaas


According to the traditional “optimum currency area” approach, not much will be lost from a very hard peg to a currency union if there has been little reason for variations in the exchange rate in the past. This paper takes a different approach and highlights the fact that high exchange rate volatility may also signal high costs for labor markets. The impact of exchange rate volatility on labor markets in the CEECs is analyzed, revealing that volatility vis-à-vis the euro significantly lowers employment growth. Hence, eliminating exchange rate volatility could be considered a substitute for removing employment protection legislation. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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  • Ansgar Belke & Leo Kaas, 2004. "Exchange Rate Movements and Employment Growth: An OCA Assessment of the CEE Economies," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 247-280, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ecopln:v:31:y:2004:i:2:p:247-280 DOI: 10.1007/s10663-004-0886-5

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