FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2002 .060

Staying Together or Breaking Apart: Policy-Makers' Endogenous Coalitions Formation in the European Economic and Monetary Union


Authors: Joseph Plasmans, Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, Jacob Engwerda, Bas van Aarle
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Macroeconomic stabilization,EMU,coalition formation
JEL n.: C70,E17,E58,E61,E63
JEL: Computers & Operations Research
Pages: vol. 33: 438-463
Date: 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze coordination of macroeconomic stabilization policies within the EMU by focusing, in a dynamic set-up, on asymmetries, externalities, and the existence of a multi-country context. We study how coalitions among fiscal and monetary authorities are formed and what are their effects on the stabilization of output and price. In particular, our attention is directed to study the consequences on these issues of different institutional contexts in which policy-makers may act. Among otherresults, we found that, in the presence of externalities, the occurrence of asymmetries is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for cooperation.
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