Beware, this is wonkish.
How long does it take for the competitive disinflation, also known as the internal devaluation, to occur in Portugal? The question is relevant for it is the market based mechanism to adjust to external imbalances within the euro. Here is an attempt to estimate the pace and the required adjustment. Starting the projection from the fourth quarter of 2011(when the unemployment rate was at 14.1 percent) I project an increase of the unemployment rate between 4 and 6 percentage points and an improvement of the real exchange rate of approximatively 5 percentage points, both in 20 quarters. Obviously shocks will happens and policies will be taken and the actual path will be different (as they have been in 2012). Nevertheless the forecasts can be interpreted as a counterfactual path in the absence of new shocks and policies and therefore should be of some guidance in designing policies aimed at rebalancing the external adjustment.