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Exchange Rate Volatility and Employment Growth: Empirical Evidence from the CEE Economies

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  • Ansgar Belke
  • Ralph Setzer

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According to the traditional 'optimum currency area' approach, not much will be lost from a very hard peg to a currency union if there has been little reason for variations in the exchange rate. This paper takes a different approach and highlights the fact that high exchange rate volatility may as well signal high costs for labor markets. The impact of exchange rate volatility on labor markets in the CEECs is analyzed, finding that volatility vis-à-vis the euro significantly lowers employment growth. Hence, the elimination of exchange rate volatility could be considered as a substitute for a removal of employment protection legislation.

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  • Ansgar Belke & Ralph Setzer, 2003. "Exchange Rate Volatility and Employment Growth: Empirical Evidence from the CEE Economies," CESifo Working Paper Series 1056, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    Central and Eastern Europe; currency union; euroization; exchange rate variability; job creation;

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    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects

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