Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193182
Authors: 
Blesse, Sebastian
Boyer, Pierre C.
Heinemann, Friedrich
Janeba, Eckhard
Raj, Anasuya
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 17-059
Abstract: 
We analyze data from an author-conducted survey of members of the French and German parliaments on European Monetary Union reform preferences. We consider three potential drivers of preferences: nationality, ideology, and personal characteristics. For European Monetary Union policies like Eurobonds, the Fiscal Compact and the European Central Bank asset purchase program we find a robust difference between parliamentarians of both countries if they belong to the same party family and controlling for individual characteristics. Based on our estimates, however, we predict agreement between German left-wingers and French conservatives even for ideological differences that are smaller than the current difference between the left and the right European party families. Our findings suggest that deeply-rooted national differences do not impose a prohibitive obstacle to a German-French parliamentary consensus on European Monetary Union policies.
Subjects: 
Comparative politics
European Monetary Union reforms
elite survey
members of national
parliament
policy preferences
JEL: 
E60
E62
F15
H60
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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