The crisis in the European Monetary Union cannot be attributed simply to the growth of government deficits in its member countries. Current account imbalances between Eurozone members and the resulting accumulation of external private and public credit and debt appear to be further causes of instability. The gap between unit labour costs seems to be one of the determinants of trade imbalances. Germany in particular, despite its systematic current account surplus, has adopted a policy of relative wage deflation in recent years that has increased this gap. The adoption of a “European wage standard” may prompt countries with surpluses to generate higher growth in nominal wages, prices and wage shares, thus helping to restore the balance in trade and safeguard European unity.

Current account imbalances, the Eurozone crisis and a proposal for a European wage standard

BRANCACCIO E
2012

Abstract

The crisis in the European Monetary Union cannot be attributed simply to the growth of government deficits in its member countries. Current account imbalances between Eurozone members and the resulting accumulation of external private and public credit and debt appear to be further causes of instability. The gap between unit labour costs seems to be one of the determinants of trade imbalances. Germany in particular, despite its systematic current account surplus, has adopted a policy of relative wage deflation in recent years that has increased this gap. The adoption of a “European wage standard” may prompt countries with surpluses to generate higher growth in nominal wages, prices and wage shares, thus helping to restore the balance in trade and safeguard European unity.
CURRENT ACCOUNT IMBALANCES, EUROPEAN MONETARY UNION, WAGE STANDARD
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