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The economic convergence in ASEAN and prospects for a monetary union


  • Abdul Mongid

    (STIE Perbanas, Surabaya, Indonesia)


ASEAN countries have deliberated on the feasibility of a monetary union that seeks to set a common currency in the region. This is in accordance with the second declaration of the Bali Concord reaffirming the intention toward economic cooperation and integration. This study investigates the possibility of convergence of economic and monetary variables among ASEAN member countries by using cointegration methodology on economic data. The study found that most monetary data are not converged. Based on the results, monetary union in the form of a currency union is not yet feasible. However, ASEAN countries should start to apply a loose monetary union and dare to step onward and act consistently.

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  • Abdul Mongid, 2006. "The economic convergence in ASEAN and prospects for a monetary union," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 43(1), pages 205-219, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:43:y:2006:i:1:p:205-219

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    exchange rate; inflation rate; industrial production; base money and cointegration test; monetary union;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration


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