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Medium term economic dynamics of the Euro Area

K. Mc Morrow, F. Orlandi, Rafal Raciborski, W. Roeger (), V. Vandermeulen, J. in’tVeld and Lukas Vogel ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Jan in 't Veld

International Economics and Economic Policy, 2016, vol. 13, issue 1, 27-43

Abstract: This paper analysis the Euro area’s growth over the last 15–20 years and provides a medium term outlook. We find that in a no policy change scenario, growth will be subdued, essentially reflecting the influence of weak pre-crisis trends, most notably for TFP (especially since the mid-1990’s). This trend will be exacerbated over the coming decade by the ongoing negative fallout from the financial crisis and by the emerging drag on growth emanating from ageing populations. Unlike in standard recessions, the GDP losses relative to a pre-crisis projection appear to be permanent. The picture presented could potentially improve with the implementation of an ambitious programme of structural reforms focussed on boosting employment and productivity. Since the usefulness of such policies is controversial in the current juncture with constrained monetary policy, the paper also looks at the impact of such reforms in a realistically calibrated model and concludes that fears of large permanent deflationary effects from structural reforms are exaggerated. Copyright European Union 2016

Keywords: Forecasting and simulation; Economic growth; E17; F43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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