Unemployment, Labour-Market Reform and Monetary Union
1998 (English)Report (Other academic)
The paper analyses various mechanism through which monetary union in Europe may affect unemployment. The focus is on the political incentives for labour-market reform. There will be more reform outside than inside the EMU to the extent that a national inflation bias can be reduced. But if there is a precautionary motive for low average unemployment in order to reduce the utility cost of macroeconomic variability, there could be more reform in a monetary union. Labour-market reform to increase wage fexibility as a substitute for domestic monetary policy and transition costs of reform are also analysed. The net effect of monetary union on unemployment is ambiguous.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: IIES , 1998. , 35 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 639
monetary union, labour-market reform, equilibrium unemployment, discretionary monetary policy, asymmetric shocks
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-41006DiVA: diva2:327714