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Monetary Union and Precautionary Labour-Market Reform

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  • Calmfors, Lars

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The paper demonstrates that policy makers have a precautionary motive to undertake more labour-market reform - and hence attain lower equilibrium unemployment - inside a monetary union than outside. The reason is a desire to reduce the utility cost of variations in employment when asymmetric shocks can no longer be stabilised through domestic monetary policy.

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  • Calmfors, Lars, 1998. "Monetary Union and Precautionary Labour-Market Reform," Seminar Papers 659, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
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    Keywords

    Monetary Union; Asymmetric Shocks; Stabilisation policy; Labour-Market Reform; Equilibrium Unemployment;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E69 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Other
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • J29 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Other
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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