Monetary Union and Economic Growth

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John Vickers

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

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In this speech, John Vickers, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Bank, discusses possible links between monetary arrangements - in particular monetary union - and economic growth. He stresses that growth depends ultimately on how the real economy works: there is no monetary magic that can conjure up growth. But monetary policy can contribute to conditions for sustainable growth by securing and maintaining price stability; and monetary union might extend this. It might also deepen the single market. The elimination of nominal exchange rate movement among members of the union removes some sources of shock but also some ways of adjusting to shocks. This underlines the importance of other adjustment mechanisms - especially supply-side flexibility, which is crucial for growth in any event.

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Vickers, John, Monetary Union and Economic Growth. Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, August 2000, Available at SSRN:

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