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Is Europe disintegrating? Macroeconomic divergence, structural polarization, trade and fragility

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  • Claudius Graebner

    (Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

  • Philipp Heimberger

    (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies)

  • Jakob Kapeller

    (Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

  • Bernhard Schuetz

    (Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz)

Abstract

This paper analyses economic developments in the Eurozone over the period 1999-2016 by developing a theoretical framework that traces divergent path developments across Eurozone countries to the times before the financial crisis. We argue that macroeconomic divergence between core and periphery countries is driven by 'structural polarization' in industrial structures: the emergence of export-driven growth in the core and debt-driven growth in the periphery is linked to the micro level of technological capabilities and firm performance. Pushing for convergence within Europe requires the simultaneous implementation of three intertwined policy programs: coordinated macroprudential financial regulation, active industrial policies aiming at a catching-up process in terms of innovative activity and technological capabilities for firms in the European periphery, and progressive re-distributional policies.

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  • Claudius Graebner & Philipp Heimberger & Jakob Kapeller & Bernhard Schuetz, 2017. "Is Europe disintegrating? Macroeconomic divergence, structural polarization, trade and fragility," ICAE Working Papers 64, Johannes Kepler University, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy.
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