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Structural convergence and monetary integration in Europe

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In the run-up to EMU, academic economists generally concluded the EU as a whole was not an optimum currency area (OCA). An important reason was the lack of structural convergence between the potential members of the monetary union. Nevertheless, the euro area currently consists of twelve countries. In the near to medium future, twelve additional countries will become EU Members; most of these countries have announced they want swift euro area entry. This paper reviews the literature on optimum currency areas to clarify the concept of structural convergence in the context of monetary integration. In addition, we operationalise OCA theory to assess structural convergence within Europe. The available evidence indicates considerable divergence within the current euro area and a generally slow process of convergence. In contrast, a number of new EU entrants have converged significantly in recent years towards levels of at least some existing members.

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  • Clement van de Coevering, 2003. "Structural convergence and monetary integration in Europe," MEB Series (discontinued) 2003-20, Netherlands Central Bank, Monetary and Economic Policy Department.
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    1. Ivan Todorov, 2012. "European Economic Integration Theories and Criteria," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 131-152.
    2. Alexe, Ileana & Tatomir, Cristina F., 2011. "Does economic convergence with the European Union mean more FDI flows to an economy? Analysis on 5 Central and Eastern Europe countries," MPRA Paper 36139, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Petrevski, Goran & Gockov, Gjorgji & Makreshanska-Mladenovska, Suzana, 2016. "Determinants of real convergence in Central and Eastern Europe," MPRA Paper 74655, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 18 Oct 2016.

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    Keywords

    accession countries; euro area; OCA theory; structural convergence;

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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