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Divergent Inflatin in Euroland: A Phillips Curve approach to the EMU-12
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the cause and implications of the divergent inflationrates of the EMU-12 countries between the years 1998 and 2010. The EMUand the euro are put into a context with the classic theory of Optimum CurrencyArea, where the economic benefits and cost of joining a monetary unionis reviewed. The inflation divergence in the euro area is then described and investigated.Empirically, a Phillips Curve model is constructed in order to determineif the EMU-12 nations’ inflation rates are equally sensitive to changesin unemployment as the EMU average. This is done using a Panel Least Squareestimation for the EMU-12. Each nation is then tested separately against theEMU average. The result provides evidence that the EMU-12 nations’ inflationrates are not equally sensitive to changes in unemployment as the EMU average.The result is negative for the EMU-12 in an Optimum Currency Area context.Given the results, the EMU-12 cannot be considered to be an OptimumCurrency Area, at least not yet.

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2011. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
EMU, euro, Optimum Currency Area, Phillips Curve
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15411OAI: diva2:423444
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-06-15 Last updated: 2011-06-29Bibliographically approved

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