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Zooming out: The trade effect of the euro in historical perspective

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  • Berger, Helge
  • Nitsch, Volker

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In this paper, we put the trade effect of the euro in historical perspective. Using a data set that includes 22 industrial countries from 1948 to 2003, we find strong evidence of a gradual increase in trade intensity between European countries over time. Once we control for this trend in trade integration, the euro's impact on trade disappears. Moreover, a significant part of the trend in European trade integration is associated with measurable policy changes in areas such as exchange rate policy and institutional integration.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 8 (December)
Pages: 1244-1260

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:27:y:2008:i:8:p:1244-1260

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Keywords: Monetary union Currency Euro Trade European integration;

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