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The Euro-area Financial System: Structure, Integration, and Policy Initiatives

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  • Philipp Hartmann
  • Angela Maddaloni
  • Simone Manganelli

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Four years after the introduction of the euro, this paper provides an overview of the current structure and integration of the euro-area financial systems and related policy initiatives. We first compare the euro-area financial structure with those of the United States and Japan. Using new and comprehensive financial account data, we also describe how the euro-area financial structure has evolved since 1995. We document the progress towards integration of the major euro-area financial segments, namely money markets, bond markets, equity markets, and banking. Finally, we discuss recent policy initiatives aimed at further improving European financial integration. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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  • Philipp Hartmann & Angela Maddaloni & Simone Manganelli, 2003. "The Euro-area Financial System: Structure, Integration, and Policy Initiatives," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(1), pages 180-213.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:19:y:2003:i:1:p:180-213
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    • G00 - Financial Economics - - General - - - General
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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