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Finland and Its Northern Peers in the Great Recession

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  • Suni, Paavo
  • Vihriälä, Vesa

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Abstract The report focuses on the relative macroeconomic performance since the global financial crisis of six Northern European countries with a special emphasis on Finland. While fiscal and monetary policies have definitely impacted on macroeconomic outcomes in the six countries examined, as a whole they do not appear to be the key driving forces of the differences observed between the countries. The initial vulnerabilities, the nature of shocks and the resilience of the economies appear more important in explaining the differences. In particular, the weakness of growth in Finland can best be explained by a series of exceptional negative shocks in combination with a too weak capacity of the economy to improve its cost competitiveness in the absence of exchange rate flexibility.

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  • Suni, Paavo & Vihriälä, Vesa, 2016. "Finland and Its Northern Peers in the Great Recession," ETLA Reports 49, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:rif:report:49
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    1. Mark A. Wynne & Janet Koech, 2012. "One-size-fits-all monetary policy: Europe and the U.S," Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, vol. 7(sep).
    2. Lehmus, Markku, 2009. "Empirical macroeconomic model of the Finnish economy (EMMA)," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 26(5), pages 926-933, September.
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    Keywords

    Macro economy; Fiscal policy; Monetary union; Competitiveness; Finland;

    JEL classification:

    • F45 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Macroeconomic Issues of Monetary Unions
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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