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The CFA Franc Zone

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  • James M. Boughton
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    The CFA franc zone comprises a group of countries in central and west Africa whose currencies have been firmly linked to the French franc since 1948. It combines the features of a currency union with those of an exchange rate peg, and an analysis of its effectiveness must examine both dimensions. Viewed from the perspective of a currency union among the African countries, it would appear that the zone would not constitute an optimum currency area. But when France is viewed as an integral part of the system, the benefits—including discipline, credibility, and stability in international competitiveness—become clearer.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 91/133.

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    Length: 60
    Date of creation: 01 Dec 1991
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:91/133

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    1. Jayjit Roy, 2010. "On the Robustness of the Trade-Inducing Effects of Trade Agreements and Currency Unions," Working Papers, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University 10-09, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
    2. Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1993. "National and international policies for tropical rain forest conservation: a quantitative analysis for Cameroon," Kiel Working Papers 570, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
    3. Plamen Iossifov & Misa Takebe & Zaijin Zhan & Noriaki Kinoshita & Robert C. York, 2009. "Improving Surveillance Across the Cemac Region," IMF Working Papers 09/260, International Monetary Fund.
    4. Savvides, Andreas, 1998. "Inflation and monetary policy in selected West and Central African countries," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(5), pages 809-827, May.
    5. Uche, Chibuike U., 2001. "The politics of monetary sector cooperation among the Economic Community of West African States members," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2647, The World Bank.
    6. Koichi Hamada, 1998. "The Choice of International Monetary Regimes in a Context of Repeated Games," Open Economies Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 417-446, January.
    7. Robert J. Barro, 1995. "Inflation and Economic Growth," NBER Working Papers 5326, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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