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Relative Prices and Economic Adjustment in the US and EU: A Real Story About European Monetary Union

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  • Bayoumi, Tamim
  • Thomas, Alun

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Structural vector autoregressions are used to analyse the relationship between real output and relative prices within the European Union (EU) and the United States. Relative price variability appears to be more important for adjustment within the EU than the United States, reflecting the lower integration of goods and factor markets. In the absence of higher market integration, the lower relative price variability implied by the introduction of a single currency in the EU could well cause significant economic disruption.

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  • Bayoumi, Tamim & Thomas, Alun, 1994. "Relative Prices and Economic Adjustment in the US and EU: A Real Story About European Monetary Union," CEPR Discussion Papers 988, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Common Currency; EMU; Relative Prices;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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