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Will the Euro Trigger More Monetary Unions in Africa?

We analyse the prospects for greater monetary integration in Africa, in the wake of EMU. We argue that the structural characteristics of African economies are quite different to the EMU members but that much can be gained from monetary cooperation, as external agency of restraint and in promotion stability in the financial sector.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economics Research in its series Research Paper with number 176.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:wodeec:176
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