The financial crisis of 2007–10 has presented a number of key policy challenges for those concerned with the long-term stability of the euro area. It has shown that price stability as provided by the European Central Bank is not enough to guarantee financial stability, and exposed fault lines in governance and deficiencies in the architecture of the financial supervisory and regulatory framework. This book addresses these and other issues, including why the crisis affected some countries more than others, whether the euro is still attractive for new EU states, and what policy changes and structural reforms, both macro and micro, should be undertaken to ensure its future viability. Written by a team of leading academic and central bank economists, the book also includes chapters on the cross-country incidence of the crisis, the Irish crisis and ECB monetary policy during the crisis, and studies on Spain, the Baltics, Slovakia and Slovenia.
- Important contribution to ongoing discussion about policy reform and long-term stability of the euro area
- Explains why financial crisis has hit some EU states harder than others
- Examines issues of accession to euro area for future members
Miroslav Beblavý, Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, Slovakia
David Cobham, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
L'udovít Ódor, National Bank of Slovakia