Macroeconomic Stabilization, Monetary-Fiscal Interactions, and Europe's Monetary Union
28 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2017
Date Written: December 15, 2016
The euro area has been experiencing a prolonged period of weak economic activity and very low inflation. This paper reviews models of business cycle stabilization with an eye to formulating lessons for policy in the euro area. According to standard models, after a large recessionary shock accommodative monetary and fiscal policy together may be necessary to stabilize economic activity and inflation. The paper describes practical ways for the euro area to be able to implement an effective monetary-fiscal policy mix.
Keywords: Lower Bound on Nominal Interest Rates, Self-fulfilling Sovereign Default, Eurobond, Government Bonds, Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy
JEL Classification: E31, E62, E63
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