This case focuses on macroeconomic policy in France during the period 1981-93. The early socialist attempt at re-inflating the economy during 1981-82 is critically reviewed, suggesting lessons that go beyond the case of France. The case then reviews the Francs stabilisation and the concomitant rise in unemployment over 1983-93.
The case is designed to illustrate the key trade-offs in macroeconomic policy, the logic of government choices and their impact on business. The case also serves as a useful introduction to a discussion of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) issues including the Single Currency and the Maastricht convergence criteria.
- FRANC FORT
- FRANC FAIBLE
- FRENCH ECONOMIC POLICY