A Model of an Optimum Currency Area

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Luca A. Ricci

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

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Date Written: June 1997


This paper investigates the circumstances under which it is beneficial to participate in a currency area. A two-country monetary model of trade with nominal rigidities encompasses the real and monetary arguments suggested by the optimum currency area literature: correlation of real shocks, international factor mobility, fiscal adjustment, openness, difference in national inflationary biases, correlation of monetary shocks, and benefits of a single currency. The effect of openness on the net benefits is ambiguous, contrary to the usual argument that more open economies are better candidates for a currency area. Countries do not necessarily agree on whether a given currency union should be created.

Keywords: Optimum currency areas, cost-benefit analysis, exchange rate regimes, currency union, monetary integration

JEL Classification: E42, E52, 61, F02, F31, F33, F36, F4, H77, J61

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Ricci, Luca Antonio, A Model of an Optimum Currency Area (June 1997). IMF Working Paper No. 97/76, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=882359

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