The Maastricht Inflation Criterion : How Unpleasant Is Purgatory?

Author/Editor:

Ales Bulir ; Jaromír Hurník

Publication Date:

June 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The Maastricht inflation criterion, designed in the early 1990s to bring "high-inflation" EU countries in line with "low-inflation" countries prior to the introduction of the euro, poses challenges for both new EU member countries and the European Central Bank. While the criterion has positively influenced the public stance toward low inflation, it has biased the choice of the disinflation strategy toward short-run, fiat measures-rather than adopting structural reforms with longer-term benefits-with unpleasant consequences for the efficiency of the eurozone transmission mechanism. The criterion is also unnecessarily tight for new member countries as it mainly reflects cyclical developments.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/154

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864144/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006154

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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