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Do the new EU member states form an Optimum Currency Area with the eurozone? Evidence from six Central and Eastern European Countries

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  • Dimitrios Sideris

    (Bank of Greece and Panteion University)

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The present paper examines whether six of the new European Union member states -the six Central and Eastern European Countries- form an optimum currency area (OCA) with the eurozone. The study applies the theory of Generalized Purchasing Power Parity, which analyses the behavior of the long-run real exchange rates of a group of economies with respect to a base currency. The findings indicate that the six countries form an OCA with the eurozone for the period following the introduction of the euro.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Serbia in its series SEEMHN papers with number 16.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:nsb:seemhn:16

Note: The paper was presented at the Fourth Annual SEEMHN Conference hosted by the National Bank of Serbia, 27 March 2009 in Belgrade.
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Keywords: EU enlargement; OCA; real Exchange rates; Cointegration; GPPP;

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