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A comparison of structural reform scenarios across the EU member states - Simulation-based analysis

Author(s): Francesca D'Auria, Andrea Pagano, Marco Ratto, Janos Varga, European Commission

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This paper calibrates the Roeger-Varga-Veld (2008) micro-founded DSGE model with endogenous growth for all EU member states using country specific structural characteristics and employs the individual country models to analyse the macroeconomic impact of various structural reforms.

We analyse the costs and benefits of reforms in terms of fiscal policy instruments such as taxes, benefits, subsidies and administrative costs faced by firms. We find that less R&D intensive countries would benefit the most from R&D promoting and skill-upgrading policies. We also find that shifting from labour to consumption taxes, reducing the benefit replacement rate and relieving administrative entry barriers are the most effective measures in those countries which have high labour taxes and entry barriers.


(European Economy. Economic Papers 392. December 2009. Brussels. PDF. 50pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-09-392-EN-C (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-13367-1 (online)
ISSN 1725-3187 (online)
doi: 10.2765/30743 (online)

JEL classification: E32,E62,O30,O41

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