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Relative Prices and Economic Adjustment in the U.S. and the EU; A Real Story About European Monetary Union

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  • Alun H. Thomas
  • Tamim Bayoumi

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Structural vector autoregressions are used to analyze the relationship between real output and relative prices within the 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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  • Alun H. Thomas & Tamim Bayoumi, 1994. "Relative Prices and Economic Adjustment in the U.S. and the EU; A Real Story About European Monetary Union," IMF Working Papers 94/65, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:94/65
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    1. Patrick-Hervé Mbouombouo Mfossa, 2015. "GOUVERNANCE ECONOMIQUE ET STABILISATION DES CHOCS ASYMETRIQUES: Quel mécanisme pour une meilleure viabilité de la CEMAC ?," Working Papers hal-01213989, HAL.
    2. Jean Pisani-Ferry, 1994. "Union monétaire et convergence : qu'avons nous appris ?," Working Papers 1994-14, CEPII research center.
    3. Schor, Armand-Denis, 2000. "La théorie des zones monétaires optimales : l’optimum, le praticable, le crédible et le réel," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 76(4), pages 545-576, décembre.

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