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How will EMU affect Cohesion?

  • Brian Ardy

    (South Bank University and University of Reading)

  • Iain Begg

    (European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Waltraud Schelkle

    (European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Francisco Torres

    ()

    (Departamento de Economia e Gestão Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro)

The new policy environment of EMU affects economic, political, and social cohesion in different ways: the policy mix and menu will be reconfigured; it will provide for more macroeconomic stability in cohesion countries; economic competition will intensify and change patterns of specialisation; and comparison of living standards will become easier which puts pressure on policymakers to reduce inequalities. This article assesses the significance of these effects and their likely consequences in the short, medium and long run. Then the salient cohesion issues regarding Eastern enlargement are discussed. Finally, policy conclusions are drawn, mindful of the considerable uncertainties that warrant further research.

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Paper provided by Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro in its series Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) with number 06.

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Date of creation: Oct 2003
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