Optimum currency area: an epistemological view
AbstractThis paper aims to provide a critical analysis of the evolution of the optimum currency area theory. The motivation for this paper arises from the fact that there are many studies that make references to the OCA theory, providing various insights for it. In the first part of the paper I will address the foundation of this theory through the contributions of Mundell (1961), McKinnon (1963), Kenen (1969) and the subsequent development, which has not been a smooth one. The contributions brought to the OCA theory have been market by some paradoxes, but there has been a reconciliation among those which led to a renewed interest into the subject. The second part refers to the empirical phase in which we focus mostly on the European integration experience due to the various data and research that it provides. Thus, there is a need to distinguish between the OCA theory and the EMU, the latter referring to a question regarding timing and modalities of creating a currency union. The merit of the OCA theory is that has brought together a large amount of research on monetary integration.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 35055.
Date of creation: May 2011
Date of revision:
currency area; optimality; endogenous criteria;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
- E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
- F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-12-13 (All new papers)
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Mongelli, Francesco Paolo, 2002.
"ìNew" Views on the Optimum Currency Area Theory: What is EMU Telling US?,"
Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002
140, Royal Economic Society.
- Mongelli, Francesco Paolo, 2002. ""New" views on the optimum currency area theory: what is EMU telling us?," Working Paper Series 0138, European Central Bank.
- Francesco Paolo Mongelli, 2008. "European Economic and Monetary Integration, and the Optimum Currency Area Theory," European Economy - Economic Papers 302, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
- Harris Dellas & George S.Tavlas, 2009.
"An Optimum-Currency-Area Odyssey,"
102, Bank of Greece.
- Connolly, Michael B, 2001. "Robert A. Mundell: A Profile," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(4), pages 585-94, November.
- Julius Horvath, 2004.
"Optimum currency area theory: A selective review,"
- Herbert G. Grubel, 1970. "The Theory of Optimum Currency Areas," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 3(2), pages 318-24, May.
- George S. Tavlas, 2009. "Optimum-Currency-Area Paradoxes," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(3), pages 536-551, 08.
- Rose, Andrew K, 2000. " A Review of Some of the Economic Contributions of Robert A. Mundell, Winner of the 1999 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 102(2), pages 211-22, June.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ekkehart Schlicht).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.