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Optimal currency areas

Alesina, Alberto, Barro, Robert J. and Tenreyro, Silvana (2002) Optimal currency areas. 9072. National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA., USA.

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Abstract

As the number of independent countries increases and their economies become more integrated, we would expect to observe more multi-country currency unions. This paper explores the pros and cons for different countries to adopt as an anchor the dollar, the euro, or the yen. Although there appear to be reasonably well-defined euro and dollar areas, there does not seem to be a yen area. We also address the question of how trade and co-movements of outputs and prices would respond to the formation of a currency union. This response is important because the decision of a country to join a union would depend on how the union affects trade and co-movements.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.nber.org
Additional Information: © 2002 Alberto Alesina, Robert J. Barro and Silvana Tenreyro
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 9072
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2008 16:43
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/5307/

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