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EMU, EU, Capital Market Integration and Consumption Smoothing

  • Atanas CHRISTEV

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  • Jacques MELITZ

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This empirical study of the impact of EMU on capital market integration and consumptionsmoothing comes to three conclusions: first, EMU promotes members’ holdings of foreign assetsand foreign liabilities; second, no benefits of consumption smoothing result; third, EU membership,not a single money, nevertheless increases consumption smoothing. The source of this lastinfluence on consumption smoothing is an important issue. Theoretically it could come frommore tradable capital through greater price competition, more contestable home markets and thegreater harmonization of regulations. There is also a seeming conflict between our results andthose of one strand of the literature. However, the relevant writings concentrate on the effects ofasymmetric output shocks while we study the unconditional impact of international portfolio diversificationin the presence of all shocks. This can explain the difference.

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