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Deciding to Enter a Monetary Union

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  • Ruy Lama
  • Pau Rabanal

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This paper evaluates the role of trade and financial linkages in the decision to enter a monetary union. We estimate a two-country DSGE model for the U.K. economy and the euro area, and use the model to compute the welfare trade-offs from joining the euro. We evaluate two alternative scenarios. In the first one, we consider a reduction of trade costs that occurs after the adoption of a common currency. In the second, we introduce interest rate spread shocks of the same magnitude as the ones observed during the recent debt crisis in Europe. The reduction of trade costs generates a net welfare gain of 0.9 percent of life-time consumption, while the increased interest rate spread volatility generates a net welfare cost of 2.9 percentage points. The welfare calculation suggests two ways to preserve the welfare gains in a monetary union: ensuring fiscal and financial stability that reduces macroeconomic country risk, and increasing wage flexibility such that the economy adjusts to external shocks faster.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/240.

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Date of creation: 02 Oct 2012
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Keywords: Monetary unions; United Kingdom; European Economic and Monetary Union; Euro Area; Economic integration; Trade integration; Economic models; Trade Costs; DSGE Model; Monetary Union.; intermediate goods; elasticity of substitution; nominal interest rate; exchange rate policy; open economy; trade expansion; imported intermediate; domestic market; monetary policy; international trade; asset market; transactions costs; output growth; exogenous shock; net exports; intermediate inputs; optimum currency areas; monetary fund; imported goods; unit of labor; domestic shocks; trade creation; transport costs; exchange rate mechanism; inflation; european monetary union; dynamic effects; equilibrium model; central bank; trade impediments; competitive position; domestic producers; regulatory policies; asymmetric shocks; aggregate consumption; external shocks; market integration; member country; price stability; exchange rate policies; transmission of shocks; terms of trade; exchange rate risk; domestic goods;

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