Wages and the Euro
With the abolition of exchange rates the role of wage formation in the European Monetary Union changes fundamentally and national economic policy in particular fiscal policy faces new restrictions. These are analysed in the first two chapters. A major impact is expected for wage formation. To achieve a convergence of economic developments wage finding has to follow in all EMU member countries basically the same rules. An empirical investigation using econometric methods show that this is presently not yet the case. In particular in the southern European countries wage finding is different from that in the rest of the EMU. Frequently the introduction of Euro is perceived as a signal to lower wages all over Europe to overcome the dismal employment situation. The book addresses the question whether such a race for lower wages is appropriate in terms of employment creation.
Gustav A. Horn ist Wissenschaftlicher Direktor des Instituts für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Von 2000 bis 2004 war er Leiter der Abteilung Konjunktur am Deutschen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) in Berlin. Er ist ein gefragter Konjunkturexperte in Funk und Fernsehen.