EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Labor Markets and Monetary Union; a Strategic Analysis

Alex Cukierman () and Francesco Lippi

No 365, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: This paper analyzes the macroeconomic consequences of the establishment of a monetary union in the presence of unionized labor markets. It is shown that the effects of the formation of a monetary union depend on several labor market features, such as the degree of centralization of wage bargaining, labor unions' inflation aversion and the degree of substitutability between the labor of different unions. In particular, the switch from national monetary policies to a unified monetary policy usually affects both inflation and unemployment, even when all structural parameters of the economy and of unions' and policymakers' preferences remain the same. The benchmark case of a monetary union between identical countries suggests that the switch to a monetary union is likely to make labor unions more aggressive, increasing unemployment. Qualifications to this result are provided and their robustness is investigated under alternative structural assumptions, like crosscountry asymmetries, (preunion) ERM membership and wage leadership.

Date: 2000-02
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.bancaditalia.it/pubblicazioni/temi-disc ... -0365/tema_365it.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Labour Markets and Monetary Union: A Strategic Analysis (2001) Downloads
Working Paper: Labor Markets and Monetary Union: a Strategic Analysis (2000)
Working Paper: Labour Markets and Monetary Union: A Strategic Analysis (1999) Downloads
Working Paper: Labor markets and Monetary Union: A Strategic Analysis (1999) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_365_00

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-22
Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_365_00