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OCA theory and EMU eastern enlargement: An empirical application


  • Weimann, Marco


Already before the final introduction of the single European currency there have been negotiations on a further enlargement of the Eurozone to the East. The accession of 10 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to Euroland is likely to be realised within the next 10 years and it is an important issue to assess whether these candidates are better or worse suitable for EMU membership than the current participants. The theory of optimum currency areas provides several criteria and econometric tools for analysing a prospective monetary union. Building on methodologies developed with regard to the current EMU we use a structural VAR approach in order to identify economic shocks that hit the countries to be analysed in the past. Correlations of the shocks disclosed do shed light on the question whether a common monetary policy may be suitable for the respective economies. The few already existing studies on this issue for the region are all prone to the Lucas critique since they compare contemporaneous correlations in East and West. In order to correct for this flaw we use lagged time series instead.

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  • Weimann, Marco, 2002. "OCA theory and EMU eastern enlargement: An empirical application," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 07/02, Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:tuddps:0702

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    1. Raoul Lättemäe, 2003. "EMU Accession Issues in Baltic Countries," Eastward Enlargement of the Euro-zone Working Papers wp17a, Free University Berlin, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, revised 01 May 2003.
    2. Raoul Lättemäe, 2004. "Analysis of Asymmetric Shocks among the EU Members and Accession Countries: Can the Baltic Sea Cluster Be Distinguished?," University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration,in: Modelling the Economies of the Baltic Sea Region, volume 17, chapter 4, pages 116-137 Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia).

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    OCA; EMU; Eastern enlargement; Shock analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration


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