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Can the Euro Be Saved? An Analysis of the Future of the Currency Union

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  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

    () (Columbia University, New York)

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Following the Great Recession, eurozone countries have performed worse than even the currency union’s most pessimistic critics had predicted. The paper identifies the strong fundamental flaws in the design of the eurozone and proposes a set of reforms, both in the structure of the eurozone and current policies, which might enable the euro to work. It traces the flaws to economic misconceptions prevalent at the time theeuro was designed, some of which continue to predominate. Reform is likely less costly than allowing the euro to break up. The required political will, however, is not in evidence.

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  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2014. "Can the Euro Be Saved? An Analysis of the Future of the Currency Union," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 3, pages 7-42, July-Sept.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:y:2014:i:3:p:7-42
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    Keywords

    currency union; financial crisis; asymmetric shocks; Europe; great recession; monetary policy; fiscal policy; central banks; European Central Bank.;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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