European economic integration and (A)symmetry of macroeconomic fluctuations

C.J.M. Kool, C. Economidou

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Abstract

This paper empirically investigates output and consumption asymmetries in the
Eurozone and enlarged EU over the period 1992-2007, and their consequences for
monetary policy. Our results reveal that the introduction of the euro has little impact on output asymmetry so far; however, it has led to somewhat greater consumption smoothing. The UK, Denmark and Sweden are no less asymmetric than the average Eurozone member state and could probably enter the EMU without significant macroeconomic costs. New EU member states are diverse but display higher output and, in particular, consumption asymmetries. This warrants caution against too quick expansion of the EMU.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherUU USE Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Publication series

NameDiscussion Paper Series / Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
No.24
Volume07
ISSN (Electronic)2666-8238

Keywords

  • Integration
  • Macroeconomic Asymmetries
  • Welfare Gains
  • Risk Sharing
  • Euro

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