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Description - Europe and the Euro by Alberto Alesina

It is rare for countries to give up their currencies and thus their ability to influence such critical aspects of their economies as interest and exchange rates. Yet ten years ago a number of European countries did exactly that when they adopted the euro. Despite some dissent, there were a number of arguments in favor of the euro: it would facilitate exchange of goods, money, and people by decreasing costs; it would increase trade; and, it would enhance efficiency and competitiveness at the international level. A decade is an ideal time frame to evaluate the success of the euro and whether it has lived up to expectations. To that end, "Europe and the Euro" looks at a number of important issues, including the effects of the euro on reform of goods and labor markets; its influence on business cycles and trade among members; and, whether the single currency has induced convergence or divergence in the economic performance of member countries. While adoption of the euro may not have met with the expectations of optimists, the benefits have been many, and there is reason to believe that the euro is robust enough to survive recent economic shocks. This volume is an essential reference on both the first ten years of the euro and the workings of a monetary union.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226012834
ISBN-10: 0226012832
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 472
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alberto Alesina

Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and the program director for political economy at the NBER. Francesco Giavazzi is professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan, president of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research, and a research associate at the NBER.

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