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Does Mercosur Need a Single Currency?

  • Barry Eichengreen

    (University of California, Berkeley)

The issue of whether Mercosur needs closer macroeconomic policy harmonization, and in particular an exchange-rate stabilization agreement or even a single currency is discussed. Three views are offered on the links between exchange rates and regional integration. The option for monetary union is also considered.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 29 Mar 2000
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpif:0003006
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