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Financial Market Integration in the Euro Area


  • Carl Gjersem


Although there is no single yardstick to gauge the degree of integration, there is ample evidence that financial markets in the euro area have some way to go before national demarcation lines will effectively disappear and financial market integration is satisfactory. While there has been a push towards integration from the centre, global developments, such as advances in information technology, falling communication costs and standardisation of products, have been the main drivers, while national policies often acted as an impediment. The integration of financial markets finally became a policy priority with the adoption of the FSAP as part of the Cardiff process launched in 1998. For the European Union to have a fully satisfactory regulatory framework for financial markets in place in 2005, further efforts are needed. This paper takes stock of current developments and proposes a set of further suggestions for policy action ... L'intégration des marchés financiers dans la zone euro S’il n’existe pas d’étalon unique pour jauger le degré d’intégration, il apparaît clairement que les marchés financiers de la zone euro doivent encore évoluer avant que les lignes de démarcation nationales disparaissent réellement et que l’intégration soit satisfaisante. Certes, l’intégration a bénéficié d’une impulsion centrale, mais les évolutions mondiales, notamment les percées des technologies de l’information, la baisse des coûts des communications et la standardisation des produits, en ont été les principaux moteurs, alors que les politiques nationales ont souvent agi comme un frein. L’intégration des marchés financiers est finalement devenue une priorité avec l’adoption du Plan d’action pour les services financiers (PASF) dans le cadre du processus de Cardiff lancé en 1998. De nouveaux efforts s’imposent pour qu’un cadre de réglementation des marchés financiers tout à fait appropriés soit en place dans l’Union européenne en 2005. Ce document fait le point sur l’évolution ...

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  • Carl Gjersem, 2003. "Financial Market Integration in the Euro Area," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 368, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:368-en
    DOI: 10.1787/580278274030

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    1. Lucjan T Orlowski & Anna Tsibulina, 2014. "Integration of Central and Eastern European and the Euro-Area Financial Markets: Repercussions from the Global Financial Crisis," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 56(3), pages 376-395, September.
    2. Gabrisch, Hubert & Orlowski, Lucjan T. & Pusch, Toralf, 2012. "Sovereign default Risk in the Euro-Periphery and the Euro-Candidate Countries," MPRA Paper 41265, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Antonin Rusek, 2004. "Financial integration and growth in the global economy," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 10(4), pages 278-288, November.
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    5. Antonín Rusek, 2005. "Financial Integration and the New EU Member Countries: Challenges and Dilemmas," Prague Economic Papers, Prague University of Economics and Business, vol. 2005(1), pages 17-32.
    6. Denise Côté & Christopher Graham, 2004. "Convergence of Government Bond Yields in the Euro Zone: The Role of Policy Harmonization," Staff Working Papers 04-23, Bank of Canada.
    7. Robert-Paul Berben & W. Jos Jansen, 2005. "Bond Market and Stock Market Integration in Europe," DNB Working Papers 060, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    8. Ad van Riet & Moreno Roma, 2006. "Competition, productivity and prices in the euro area services sector," Occasional Paper Series 44, European Central Bank.
    9. Lucjan T. Orlowski & Kirsten Lommatzsch, 2005. "Bond Yield Compression in the Countries Converging to the Euro," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp799, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

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    capital movements; economic integration; government policy and regulation; international capital markets; international finance; intégration économique; marchés financiers internationaux; mouvements de capitaux; politiques et règlement de gouvernement; zone Euro;

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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