Monetary Union in West Africa and Asymmetric Shocks: a Dynamic Structural Factor Model
AbstractWe analyse the costs of a monetary union in West Africa by means of asymmetric aggregate demand and aggregate supply shocks. Previous studies have estimated the shocks with the VAR model. We discuss the limitations of this approach and apply a new technique based on the dynamic factor model. The results suggest the presence of economic costs for a monetary union in West Africa because aggregate supply shocks are poorly correlated or asymmetric across these countries. Aggregate demand shocks are more correlated between West African countries.
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Date of creation: Mar 2004
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- Romain Houssa, 2004. "Monetary Union in West Africa and Asymmetric Shocks: A Dynamic Structural Factor Model," CSAE Working Paper Series 2004-17, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
- NEP-AFR-2008-04-12 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2008-04-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBA-2008-04-12 (Central Banking)
- NEP-MAC-2008-04-12 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-MON-2008-04-12 (Monetary Economics)
- NEP-OPM-2008-04-12 (Open Economy Macroeconomics)
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