The Single European Currency and implications of labour market imperfections

Lange, Thomas (2002) The Single European Currency and implications of labour market imperfections. Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, 1 (1) . pp. 5-13. ISSN 1477-0024 [Article] (doi:10.1108/14770020280000341)


Britain’s decision to reject membership of a Single European Currency – the Euro – remains a focal point of contemporary political and economic debate. Both the Danish vote to reject the Euro and the latter’s slide in value have resulted in some anxious moments for those politicians and commentators who previously confidently predicted a rosy future for European monetary integration and stronger trade patterns. At a time when Britain still ponders over the decision of whether or not to join “Euro land” some serious questions need to be asked about the Single Currency’s impact on future economic prosperity, growth patterns and employment. This paper concentrates on monetary adjustment mechanisms in the absence ofa flexible exchange rate regime. It addresses the potential implications of productivity differentials and labour market imperfections, particularly by reference to a lack of European labour market mobility and the impact of European productivity differentials. Using particular aspects of the Scottish labour market, the paper concludes with an assessment of the Single European Currency’s impact on the Scottish economy and highlights the importance of “tradable skills” rather than mobile workers.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 10567
Depositing User: Thomas Lange
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 06:26
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 14:19

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