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Is there clustering among the Eurozone economies? Evidence from how the EU's New Member States are converging

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  • Andrew Hughes Hallett
  • Christian Richter

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Optimal Currency Area theory stresses the importance of the co-movement of business cycles among Eurozone member states for a successful common currency. In this paper, we show how to decompose economic cycles in a time-frequency framework in order to compare the coherences and phase shifts for Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and France. We find that there has been some convergence on the Eurozone economy at short cycle lengths, but little convergence in long cycles. We argue that this shows evidence of divergence in the Eurozone into two groups: a German cluster and the periphery economies.

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  • Andrew Hughes Hallett & Christian Richter, 2011. "Is there clustering among the Eurozone economies? Evidence from how the EU's New Member States are converging," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(2), pages 127-150.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:14:y:2011:i:2:p:127-150
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2011.577646
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    1. Jarko Fidrmuc & Iikka Korhonen & Ivana Bátorová, 2013. "China in the World Economy: Dynamic Correlation Analysis of Business Cycles," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 59(2), pages 392-411, June.
    2. Bouchouicha, Ranoua & Ftiti, Zied, 2012. "Real estate markets and the macroeconomy: A dynamic coherence framework," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 1820-1829.
    3. Svatopluk Kapounek & Zuzana Kucerova, 2018. "Historical Decoupling in the EU: Evidence from Time†Frequency Analysis," MENDELU Working Papers in Business and Economics 2018-75, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics.

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