One Interest Rate for All - Has the European Central Bank Enough Instruments?

6 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2011  

Rainer Maurer

Pforzheim University

Date Written: January 2011

Abstract

This paper explains the European debt crisis not as a result of insufficient fiscal discipline but as the result of a constructional flaw of the EMU. The reason for this flaw are the diverging real interest rates in EMU countries, which trigger self-reinforcing debt-spirals in the presence of non-tradable goods and immobile production factors. The data presented support this view. It is argued that the ECB must employ country specific monetary instruments to cope with this problem.

Keywords: Monetary Policy, Currency Union, European Central Bank, European Debt Crisis, EMU Debt Crisis, Tinbergen Problem

JEL Classification: E52, E58, E62

Suggested Citation

Maurer, Rainer, One Interest Rate for All - Has the European Central Bank Enough Instruments? (January 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1797084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1797084

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