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J. Onno de Beaufort Wijnholds European Central Bank 10th Dubrovnik Economic Conference. Panel Discussion: What after the euro adoption?. What are the policy challenges related to membership of a monetary union?... …The experience of Portugal and Spain might provide some valuable insights.

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J. Onno de Beaufort Wijnholds

European Central Bank

10th Dubrovnik Economic Conference

Panel Discussion:What after the euro adoption?

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What are the policy challenges related to membership of a monetary union?...

…The experience of Portugal and Spain might provide some valuable insights.

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Observation #1: Spain has outperformed Portugal as regards economic growth and fiscal solidity.

(Annual percent change/In percent of GDP)

Source: IMF.

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Observation #2: The much stronger increase in ULC in Portugal ...

(Annual percent change)

Source: Broad Economic Policy Guidelines.

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… had a bearing on the employment dynamics and the development of the current account.

(Annual percent change/In percent of GDP)

Source: IMF.

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Observation #3: Spain has been more successful in attracting FDI than Portugal.

(In billions of euro)

Source: IMF.

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What are the lessons to be learned from these countries’ experiences?
  • Spain put its fiscal position on a sound footing and successfully implemented structural reforms.
  • Portugal conducted an overly loose fiscal policy and tackled less vigorously structural impediments to growth and employment creation.
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Conclusions

National policymakers face specific challenges in the context of a monetary union, relating inter alia to fiscal discipline, wage restraint and sound institutions. Failing to meet these challenges will adversely affect a country’s economic performance.

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