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Should Monetary Policy Take Account of National Labor Market Asymmetries in a Currency Union?


  • Christian R. Proaño

    () (Department of Economics, New School for Social Research)


This paper investigates the design of optimal monetary policy in a currency union with asymmetric national labor markets. For this purpose a stylized theoretical two-country model is introduced where the occurrence of inflation differentials is a reflection of asymmetries in the labor market flexibility between the two countries. Through numerical simulations it is shown that a larger weight of the country with the more sclerotic labor market in the loss function of the monetary union's central bank is more advantageous at the monetary union's level than a simple weighting scheme based on the relative economic size of both countries.
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  • Christian R. Proaño, 2011. "Should Monetary Policy Take Account of National Labor Market Asymmetries in a Currency Union?," Working Papers 1114, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:new:wpaper:1114

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    MOnetary policy; labor market rigidities; monetary unions;

    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission


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