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The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone

Schelkle, Waltraud ORCID: 0000-0003-4127-107X (2014) The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (30 Jul 2014). Website.

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One of the arguments frequently made against the euro is that the Eurozone represents a ‘non-optimal’ currency area. This derives from the notion that the variations between regions within the Eurozone are simply too large for them to share a single currency without encountering problems. Waltraud Schelkle assesses this argument by comparing the experience of the Eurozone with that of the UK during the financial crisis. She argues that the criticisms levelled at the Eurozone are equally applicable to the UK and that if diverse regions are a reason to break up the Eurozone, then the same conclusion would also have to be drawn about Britain’s currency union.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s)
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 09:47
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 23:20

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