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Extracting information from asset prices : the methodology of EMU calculators. / Favero, Carlo; Giavazzi, Francesco; Iacone, Fabrizio; Tabellini, Guido.

In: European Economic Review, Vol. 44, 2000, p. 1607-1632.

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Favero, C, Giavazzi, F, Iacone, F & Tabellini, G 2000, 'Extracting information from asset prices: the methodology of EMU calculators', European Economic Review, vol. 44, pp. 1607-1632. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0014-2921(99)00023-9

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Favero, C., Giavazzi, F., Iacone, F., & Tabellini, G. (2000). Extracting information from asset prices: the methodology of EMU calculators. European Economic Review, 44, 1607-1632. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0014-2921(99)00023-9

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Favero C, Giavazzi F, Iacone F, Tabellini G. Extracting information from asset prices: the methodology of EMU calculators. European Economic Review. 2000;44:1607-1632. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0014-2921(99)00023-9

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Favero, Carlo ; Giavazzi, Francesco ; Iacone, Fabrizio ; Tabellini, Guido. / Extracting information from asset prices : the methodology of EMU calculators. In: European Economic Review. 2000 ; Vol. 44. pp. 1607-1632.

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