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Reforms, Exchange Rates and Monetary Commitment: A Panel Analysis for OECD Countries

  • Ansgar Belke

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  • Bernhard Herz
  • Lukas Vogel

The paper investigates the link between monetary policy and structural reforms in open economies. We test three hypotheses: (a) the Calmfors hypothesis that the degree of reforms is higher in the case of autonomous policy and lower in the case of commitment, (b) the TINA hypothesis which implies a positive impact of a monetary policy rule on the extent of reforms, and (c) a third factors hypothesis. In our empirical analysis on panel data of 23 OECD countries from 1980–2000 we find little evidence for the Calmfors hypothesis, but evidence in favor of the TINA argument for labor market and regulatory reform. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Volume (Year): 18 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 369-388

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