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The Sustainability of Monetary Unions. Can the Euro Survive?

This paper aims to propose a new measure of exchange market pressure for countries operating in hard peg regimes, such as currency unions, currency boards or full dollarization. We use a general model of currency crisis to derive a sustainability index based upon the relationship between the shadow exchange rate and the output gap required to maintain the currency peg. We apply the new index to European Union countries in order to assess the sustainability of the Euro.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 226.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 27 Mar 2012
Date of revision: 27 Mar 2012
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:226
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