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EMU and the EURO: Current and Future Prospects--Introduction


  • Philip Arestis

    () (The Business School, South Bank University London)


This paper argues that the inception of the euro itself, with its restrictive monetarist institutional structures, to an area which is in a divergent state, which has recently been widened by a process of divergence, is ample reason for long term investors, and, indeed, post-"euphoric", short term speculators, to regard the euro area as structurally weaker since January 1999. It is difficult to predict the fixture course of the euro; once portfolio investors have shifted fully back to their pre-"euphoria" level of holdings of euros, then any number of contingencies may come into play.

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  • Philip Arestis, 2002. "EMU and the EURO: Current and Future Prospects--Introduction," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 28(1), pages 21-24, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:28:y:2002:i:1:p:21-24

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    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of 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


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