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Choice of Monetary and Exchange Regimes in ECOWAS : An Optimum Currency Area Analysis

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  • Chantal Dupasquier

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  • Patrick N. Osakwe
  • Shandre M. Thangavelu
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    There are plans by five West African countries to establish a second monetary zone in the sub-region by December 2009. In this paper we ask whether a monetary union is the appropriate exchange rate regime for the sub-region based on economic criteria. We address the issue using a rigorous theoretical framework that captures the crucial trade-off between the savings in transaction costs, resulting from a common currency, and the macroeconomic stabilization benefits of a flexible exchange rate regime. The main result is that a flexible exchange rate regime dominates a monetary union in the ECOWAS sub-region.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 22570.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:eab:macroe:22570

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    Keywords: exchange rates; Regimes; welfare; Transaction costs; West Africa;

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    1. Balogun, Emmanuel Dele, 2008. "An Empirical Test of Trade Gravity Model Criteria for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)," MPRA Paper 7083, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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