Economic Implications of German Unification for the Federal Republic and the Rest of the World

Author/Editor:

Guy M Meredith ; Paul R Masson

Publication Date:

September 1, 1990

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Summary:

The economic effects of German unification are first discussed in the context of a global saving/investment model. Next, simulations of MULTIMOD are presented, suggesting for the FRG an initial increase in long-term real interest rates equal to 3/4 of a percentage point, increased output, a temporary half-point rise in inflation, a modest real appreciation of the deutsche mark, and a reduction of the (combined GDR and FRG) current account surplus equal to 2 percent of GNP. Effects on the rest of the world seem to be relatively small. Different policies are examined within the EMS, and other simulation studies are surveyed.

Series:

Working Paper No. 90/85

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1990

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451954197/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0851990

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

54

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