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On The Optimality Of The Maghreb Area: An Analysis Of The Macroeconomic Shocks

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  • Mohamed Ben Abdallah

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    (FSEG Tunis, University of El Manar)

  • Zouheir Bouchaddakh

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This paper studies the possibility of a monetary union in the Maghreb using the traditional criteria of the optimal currency areas theory. Firstly, we examine the degree of shocks correlation in order to see whether the shocks affecting Maghreb countries are symmetrical or asymmetrical. The analysis of the growth rates reveals dispersions and that of the inflation rates shows that essential efforts remain to be made with regards to monetary cooperation. By developing a structural VAR model based on the methodology of Blanchard and Quah (1989), we show that the macroeconomic shocks are rather heterogeneous in this area supporting the assumption of a relatively high dispersion of economic growth rates. However, our results reveal a relative symmetry of the supply shocks between Morocco and Tunisia.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 473.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
Date of revision: Mar 2009
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:473

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