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The Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure and Germany: When is a surplus an “imbalance”?

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  • Gros, Daniel
  • Busse, Matthias

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In this new Policy Brief, CEPS Director Daniel Gros argues that the 13 November announcement of the European Commission that Germany is running an excessive current account surplus appears to be much ado about little. All the Commission can, and will, do is to start an ‘in depth analysis’. This might lead to strong political reactions and an enormous echo in the media. But nothing of concrete substance is likely to follow.

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  • Gros, Daniel & Busse, Matthias, 2013. "The Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure and Germany: When is a surplus an “imbalance”?," CEPS Papers 8593, Centre for European Policy Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:eps:cepswp:8593
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    1. Roland Döhrn, 2013. "Exporte ohne Sühne? Außenhandelsüberschüsse in der Eurozone," RWI Positionen, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, pages 14, December.
    2. Gnimassoun, Blaise, 2015. "The importance of the exchange rate regime in limiting current account imbalances in sub-Saharan African countries," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 36-74.
    3. Döhrn, Roland, 2013. "Exporte ohne Sühne? Außenhandelsüberschüsse in der Eurozone," RWI Positionen 55, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
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    5. Alcidi, Cinzia & Gros, Daniel, 2014. "Implications of EU Governance Reforms: Rationale and Practical Application," ETLA Reports 25, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    6. Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der Gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung (ed.), 2014. "Mehr Vertrauen in Marktprozesse. Jahresgutachten 2014/15," Annual Economic Reports / Jahresgutachten, German Council of Economic Experts / Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung, volume 127, number 201415, April.
    7. Torój, Andrzej, 2017. "Managing external macroeconomic imbalances in the EU: the welfare cost of scoreboard-based constraints," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 293-311.

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