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An Assessment of the Case for Monetary Union or Official Dollarization in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela

  • Paul Hallwood

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Ian W. Marsh

    (City University Business School and CEPR)

  • Joerg Scheibe

    (University of Oxford)

We use a data set covering the whole period of Argentina's currency board and most of that spanned by the Mercosur trade agreement to examine the case for either a Latin American monetary union or monetary union with the USA (through official dollarization). Our econometric evidence using VAR techniques indicates that macroeconomic shocks are still so highly asymmetric in Latin America and between Latin American countries and the USA as to make monetary union or official dollarization somewhat doubtful policies.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2004-13.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2004-13
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