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EU Enlargement and the EMU


  • Michelis, Leo

    () (Ryerson University)

  • Koukouritakis, Minoas

    (University of Crete)


This paper investigates empirically the extent to which the ten new EU countries are ready to join the European Monetary Union (EMU). Using France and Germany as a benchmark, we assess the prospects of successful EMU participation based on common trends analysis of the nominal convergence criteria as well as on real exchange rates and real per capita GDPs. The empirical results indicate that the new EU countries are partially ready to join the eurozone, and need further adjustments in their government policies to be fully prepared for joining the EMU.

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  • Michelis, Leo & Koukouritakis, Minoas, 2007. "EU Enlargement and the EMU," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 22, pages 156-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0390

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    1. Sorin Celea & Petre Brezeanu & Ana Petrina Păun, 2013. "Fiscal Discipline within the EU: Comparative Analysis," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 13(2), pages 23-30.

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    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission


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