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Volume 2, Issue 2

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Aggregate Wage Flexibility in New EU Member States

Babeck√Ĺ, Jan

Year: 2008   Volume: 2   Issue: 2   Pages: 123-145

Abstract: A fixed exchange rate regime eliminates one degree of freedom in absorbing macroeconomic shocks. Therefore, there is a call for higher labor market flexibility in countries which are members of the monetary union or those which intend to join the monetary union. Focusing on the cross-country analysis of labor markets in the enlarged European Union, this paper aims to assess empirically the role of aggregate wages as a correction mechanism for dealing with economic disturbances. We apply classical time series/panel, state-space and cointegration techniques to determine the extent to which aggregate wages can accommodate shocks in the economy.

JEL classification: E24, E52, C22, C33, P20

Keywords: ERM-II, euro adoption, labor market, wage flexibility

RePEc: http://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/aucocz/au2008_123.html

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