Trade Policy and Structural Reforms at the Zero Lower Bound: Lessons Learned and Suggestions for Europe
This paper looks at the consequences of protectionism and structural reforms for economies caught in a liquidity trap. DG ECFIN's Fellowship Initiative 2016-2017 “Challenges to integrated markets” culminates and comes to a successful conclusion with the publication of the fellows' contributed papers in our Discussion paper series. Against the background of increasing strains to economic integration at both the global and the European level, the Initiative has brought together a group of outstanding scholars to re-examine integration challenges at the current juncture and to explore the policy options to address these challenges in a discursive interaction process between the group of fellows and Commission services. The research themes of the fellows have spanned a broad area including topics in the political economy of globalisation and integration, issues of macroeconomic policy making at the zero lower interest rate bound, and market integration challenges not least in view of deepening EMU.