Euro Area Export Performance and Competitiveness

Author/Editor:

Jarkko Turunen ; Richard T. Harmsen ; Tamim Bayoumi

Publication Date:

June 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Concerns about export growth within the euro area peripheral countries due to a lack of competitiveness within the euro area are a key policy issue. Our analysis suggests that: (i) Long-term price elasticities for intra-euro area exports are at least double those for extra-euro area exports, so traditional real effective exchange rate indexes may overstate the effectiveness of euro depreciation in restoring exports growth in the euro area periphery and; (ii) There are surprisingly wide divergences across alternative relative price measures and even when relative price data suggest a steady loss in intra- (and extra-) euro area competitiveness, the pace of deterioration depends on the measure of relative prices used.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/140

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455265459/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011140

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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