Fiscal Stabilization in the Emu

19 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2004

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Bas Van Aarle

Leuven Centre for Irish Studies LCIS; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Radboud University Nijmegen - Department of Economics

Harry Garretsen

Utrecht University - School of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Radboud University Nijmegen - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects of macroeconomic shocks in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) using a stylized two-country model. First, it is shown how asymmetries between countries might matter in terms of the resulting business cycle fluctuations. More specifically, country-specific shocks are allowed for, as well as cross-national differences in wage behavior. Second, it is shown by means of numerical simulations how national and federal fiscal stabilization policies can be used to dampen business cycle fluctuations in various (a)symmetric settings. The main innovation of the paper is to illustrate how structural differences between countries help to determine the impact of macroeconomic shocks and the effectiveness of fiscal policy.

Suggested Citation

van Aarle, Bas and Garretsen, Harry, Fiscal Stabilization in the Emu. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=533503

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