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European Monetary Unification: The Challenges Ahead

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  • Eichengreen, Barry
  • Ghironi, Fabio

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This paper reviews the problems that must be resolved at the Intergovernmental Conference in 1996 to clear the way for European Monetary Union: locking in Germany's commitment to the project, and reconciling EMU with variable geometry. It reviews what we know about the costs and benefits of EMU for the interest groups concerned. We conclude, however, that it is not by the cost-benefit calculus of monetary economics that the viability of the monetary union project will be determined. Rather, it is the symbiosis between the Single Market and EMU that is likely to drag the latter, kicking and screaming, into life.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1217.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1217

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Keywords: Exchange Rates; Monetary Unification;

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  1. Vinals, Jose, 1996. "European monetary integration: A narrow or a wide EMU?," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(3-5), pages 1103-1109, April.
  2. Barry Eichengreen, 2000. "Does Mercosur Need a Single Currency?," International Finance 0003006, EconWPA.
  3. Sarah Guillou, 2006. "Competitiveness and export market shares in high tech industries in the US and the EMU countries: A comparative study," Sciences Po publications 2006-18, Sciences Po.
  4. Thomas Willett, 1999. "Developments in the Political Economy of Policy Coordination," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 221-253, May.
  5. Francisco Torres, 2007. "A convergência para a União Económica e Monetária: objectivo nacional ou constrangimento externo?," NIPE Working Papers 21/2007, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
  6. Francisco Torres, 2007. "The long road to EMU: The Economic and Political Reasoning behind Maastricht," NIPE Working Papers 23/2007, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
  7. Wendy Carlin & Andrew Glyn & John Van Reenen, 1999. "Export Market Performance of OECD countries: an empirical examination of the role of cost competitiveness," IFS Working Papers W99/22, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  8. Barry Eichengreen and Fabio Ghironi., 1997. "European Monetary Unification and International Monetary Cooperation," Center for International and Development Economics Research (CIDER) Working Papers C97-091, University of California at Berkeley.
  9. Carlos Eduardo Soares Gonçalves, 2003. "Exchange Rate Variability and Lobbies," Anais do XXXI Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 31th Brazilian Economics Meeting] b08, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  10. Deutsch-Französisches Wirtschaftspolitisches Forum (Ed.), 1998. "Labour market tax policy in the EMU," ZEI Working Papers B 16-1998, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
  11. Barry Eichengreen & Jürgen Hagen, 1996. "Fiscal restrictions and monetary union: Rationales, repercussions, reforms," Empirica, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 3-23, February.

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