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Social Conflict and Growth in Euroland


  • De Grauwe, Paul
  • Skudelny, Frauke


This paper contributes to the literature on the differences in the transmission processes within Euroland. We start from the proposition that there are 'deep' differences in the nature of social conflicts and in the way countries deal with these conflicts. We empirically test this effect for the EU-growth and introduce several proxies for social conflicts and conflict management. We then analyse an EU wide shock and find that differences in the social conflict and the conflict management institutions contribute to different effects on economic growth. We conclude by presenting a model giving a theoretical foundation of the empirical results.

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  • De Grauwe, Paul & Skudelny, Frauke, 1999. "Social Conflict and Growth in Euroland," CEPR Discussion Papers 2186, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2186

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    1. Theo S. Eicher & Andreas Leukert, 2009. "Institutions and Economic Performance: Endogeneity and Parameter Heterogeneity," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 41(1), pages 197-219, February.
    2. Friedrich Schneider & Alexander Wagner, 2000. "Korporatismus im europäischen Vergleich: Förderung makroökonomischer Rahmenbedingungen?," Economics working papers 2000-15, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
    3. Friedrich Schneider & Stefan Haigner & Stefan Jenewein & Florian Wakolbinger, 2014. "Institutions of conflict management and economic growth revisited: a short note," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 41(3), pages 577-587, August.

    More about this item


    Economic Growth; EMU; Transmission Process;

    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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