Real convergence in the euro area: evidence, theory and policy implications

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Series Details No.5, 2015, p30-45
Publication Date 29/07/2015
ISSN 2363-3417
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While central and eastern European economies have been moving towards the EU average since 1999, the initial euro area countries have made little progress towards convergence over that period, due to weak institutions, structural rigidities, low productivity and other factors.

This article is part of the ECB's Economic Bulletin No.5 of 2015.

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