14 Oct 2013

Proposal for a Stabilisation Fund for the EMU

Bernard Delbecque

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This paper argues that it should be possible to complement Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union with an insurance-type shock absorption mechanism to increase the resilience of member countries to economic shocks and reduce output volatility. Such a mechanism would neither require the establishment of a central authority, nor would it lead to permanent transfers between countries. For this mechanism to become a reality, however, it would be necessary to overcome certain technical problems linked to the difficulty of anticipating correctly the position of an economy in the business cycle.

Bernard Delbecque is Director of Economics and Research at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) and Professor of Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain.