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Who wants the euro – and why? Economic explanations of public attitudes towards a single European currency

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The paper looks at whether public attitudes towards a single European currency held in the European Union member states reflect a rational evaluation of the involved benefits and costs. It finds that they do: the looser monetary and fiscal policy was in the past, and the more time a country spent in the EMS, the more citizens welcome the euro. Attitudes towards the euro do not seem consistent with attitudes towards a European Central Bank, however. Upon closer scrutiny, opponents of a single currency appear to be less consistent and less rational in their responses than proponents. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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  • Manfred Gärtner, 1997. "Who wants the euro – and why? Economic explanations of public attitudes towards a single European currency," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 93(3), pages 487-510, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:93:y:1997:i:3:p:487-510
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1004989519650
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