Happy birthday? The euro at 20

31-01-2019

We analyse the first twenty years of the euro both from an economic and an institutional perspective. We find that in particular during the period since the financial crisis, convergence as measured by a variety of indicators has not improved. Design flaws in the Eurozone institutional architecture have contributed importantly to this lack of convergence. This is why further reforms are urgently needed. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

We analyse the first twenty years of the euro both from an economic and an institutional perspective. We find that in particular during the period since the financial crisis, convergence as measured by a variety of indicators has not improved. Design flaws in the Eurozone institutional architecture have contributed importantly to this lack of convergence. This is why further reforms are urgently needed. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Externí autor

K. BERNOTH, F. BREMUS, G. DANY-KNEDLIK, H. ENDERLEIN, M. FRATZSCHER, L. GUTTENBERG, A. KRIWOLUZKY, R. LASTRA