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Does Mercosur Need a Single Currency?

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  • Eichengreen, Barry

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The issue of whether Mercosur needs closer macroeconomic policy harmonization, and in particular an exchange-rate stabilization agreement or even a single currency is discussed. Three views are offered on the links between exchange rates and regional integration. The option for monetary union is also considered.

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Paper provided by Center for International and Development Economics Research, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley in its series Center for International and Development Economics Research, Working Paper Series with number qt6fw631qn.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:ciders:qt6fw631qn

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Keywords: Mercosur; single currency; Argentina-Brazil trade; exchange rate variability;

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