Monetary Integration in East Asia: Issues of Economic and Policy Convergence in a Comparative Context
In recent years, Asian policymakers have considered the possibility of promoting closer financial integration and, possibly, monetary union. This paper considers the economics of the decision to form a currency union in East Asia using the European experience as a benchmark. We also compare the appropriateness of an East Asian currency union to MERCOSUR. In sum, we find that a core group of five East Asian countries appear to meet the convergence criteria set out in the Maastricht Treaty, whereas some of the others are moving toward that goal. The macroeconomic indicators tend to be strong and symmetric.
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