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Patterns of Convergence and Divergence in the Euro Area

  • Ãngel Estrada
  • Jordi Galí
  • David López-Salido

We study the extent of macroeconomic convergence/divergence among euro area countries. Our analysis focuses on four variables (unemployment, inflation, relative prices and the current account), and seeks to uncover the role played by monetary union as a convergence factor by using non-euro developed economies and the pre-EMU period as control samples.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 722.

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Date of creation: Sep 2015
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