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Währungsunionen und Allmendeproblem

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Both in science as in politics, the euro project is an intensively discussed topic. While some predict maintaining it will lead europe in a glorious future, others consider it to be the evil ruining the old continent. The present work addresses the question how common pool ressources, that are born in every currency union, affect the success of such a monetary alliance. It is shown that, theoretically, any supranational monetary union is doomed to fail in a „Tragedy of the Commons“. The acquired theoretical results are verified analysing the most prominent currency unions in history and therein prove to be true. Thus, not only the critics of the euro are legitimate. What ist more, there may never be a successful currency union between nations.

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  • Wolf, Marvin, 2013. "Währungsunionen und Allmendeproblem," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-521, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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    Keywords

    Währungsunion; Tragödie der Allmende; Staatsverschuldung; Seigniorage; Lateinische Münzunion; Skandinavische Münzunion; Rubelzone; EWWU; Currency Union; Tragedy of the Commons; Public Debt; Latin Monetary Union; Scandinavian Currency Union; Ruble Zone; EMU;

    JEL classification:

    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N15 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Asia including Middle East

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