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Till labor cost do us part

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  • Francesca Pancotto
  • Filippo Pericoli

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A sustainable long-run pattern in the relative competitiveness of Euro area countries is a key factor for the survival of the monetary union. We analyse the issue focussing on unit labour cost dynamics using cointegration analysis for the whole economy and for the manufacturing sector separately. Our findings show that the introduction of the Euro has increased, rather than decreased, the distance among member countries, as measured in the metric of unit labour costs. Dispersion of productivity rather than wage compensation suggests that persisting idiosyncratic dynamics are driven by real factors, i.e. diverging technological patterns rather than by monetary factors, expressed by wage compensation. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Francesca Pancotto & Filippo Pericoli, 2014. "Till labor cost do us part," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 371-395, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:iecepo:v:11:y:2014:i:3:p:371-395
    DOI: 10.1007/s10368-013-0258-3
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    Unit labor costs; Convergence; Competitiveness; Manufacturing sector; Cointegration; E31; O47; C32;
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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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