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Monetary Unions and Endogeneity of the OCA Criteria

Hiroya Akiba () and Yukihiro Iida

Global Economic Review, 2009, vol. 38, issue 1, 101-116

Abstract: This article examines an endogeneity issue within the Optimum Currency Area (OCA) theory. According to the cost-benefit analysis, we found that there are the upper and the lower bounds in the degree of monetary integration for a monetary union to be created. We also found that a country may secede from the monetary union, depending on its degree of integration. A country may also secede when production specialization is facilitated with monetary integration within a framework of the “OCA line”. We also consider the endogeneity of the “OCA Index”, and applied our analysis to the optimum number of world currencies.

Keywords: Monetary Union; OCA; endogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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DOI: 10.1080/12265080802692795

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