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How to Fix Conversion Rates at the Start of EMU

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This paper analyses several procedures for fixing conversion rates at the start of EMU. One consists of announcing a fixed conversion rate; a second (proposed by Lalmfalussy) would announce that the conversion rate will be an average of past market exchange rates; and a third involves announcing that the market exchange rate observed just prior to entry will be the conversion rate. The paper evaluates these different procedures and concludes that the Lamfalussy rule is unattractive compared to the two other alternatives.

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  • De Grauwe, Paul, 1996. "How to Fix Conversion Rates at the Start of EMU," CEPR Discussion Papers 1530, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Exchange Rate; Maastricht Treaty; Monetary Integration;

    JEL classification:

    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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