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Foreign demand for euro banknotes issued in Germany: Estimation using direct approaches

Nikolaus Bartzsch, Gerhard Rösl and Franz Seitz

No 2011,20e, Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies from Deutsche Bundesbank

Abstract: In this paper, we endeavour to determine the volume of euro banknotes issued by Germany that is in circulation outside Germany. In so doing, we draw a distinction between banknotes outstanding in non-euro-area countries and those that are in circulation in other euro-area countries. The analysis is based on various available statistics and, as an additional aid, on surveys (direct approaches). The observation period runs from 2002 to 2009. We discover that German euro banknotes to a total amount of approximately €220 billion are in circulation outside Germany. The lion's share of roughly €160 billion is in non-euro-area countries, with the remaining €60 billion in other euro-area countries. Thus, the volume of outstanding euro banknotes in Germany at the end of 2009 (around €130 billion) accounts for only roughly one-third of all banknotes issued by the Deutsche Bundesbank (€350 billion).

Keywords: Banknotes; euro; foreign demand; hoarding; transaction balances; domestic migration; Banknoten; Euro; Auslandsumlauf; Hortung; Transaktionskasse; Binnenmigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E41 E42 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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