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One Money or Many? On Analyzing the Prospects for Monetary Unification in Various Parts of the World

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  • Tamim Bayoumi and Barry Eichengreen.

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The literature on optimal currency areas identifies the symmetry of disturbances and the speed with which economies adjust as key criteria affecting the decision of whether to form a monetary union. This paper uses structural vector autoregression techniques to examine these issues for three regions: Western Europe, the Americas, and East Asia. The results suggest three country groupings that best satisfy these criteria: Northern Europe (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, and possibly Switzerland); Northeast Asia (Japan, Taiwan, and Korea); and Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and possibly Thailand).
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  • Tamim Bayoumi and Barry Eichengreen., 1993. "One Money or Many? On Analyzing the Prospects for Monetary Unification in Various Parts of the World," Center for International and Development Economics Research (CIDER) Working Papers C93-030, University of California at Berkeley.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucb:calbcd:c93-030
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    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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