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Fiscal Convergence in Africa: What Role for Regional Economic Communities?

Sampawende Tapsoba, Daouda Sembene, Gammadigbe Vigninou () and Ismaël Issifou ()
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Daouda Sembene: International Monetary Fund (IMF), Postal: International Monetary Fund (IMF), 700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
Ismaël Issifou: University of Orleans, Postal: University of Orleans (France)

Journal of Economic Integration, 2019, vol. 34, issue 2, 214-235

Abstract: The literature on Optimal Currency Areas (OCA) has identified several channels for the ex post justification of the synchronicity criterion of common monetary areas. These include trade, cross-border investments, mobility of factors, mobility of goods and services, and fiscal convergence of member countries. We focus on the later for the African continent. We analyze the role of African regional economic communities (RECs) in the convergence of fiscal policies from 1990 to 2015. Our estimates show that African RECs significantly reduce fiscal divergence between countries. Furthermore, we find that common monetary areas are more effective in fostering fiscal convergence. This result is in line with the argument of self-validation of monetary arrangements in Africa, despite low levels of cycle synchronization and trade intensity.

Keywords: Fiscal convergence; Common monetary areas; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 F15 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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