NOSAUKUMS Monetary strategies for joining the euro / ed. by Gyorgy Szapary, Juergen von Hagen.
Northampton, MA, USA
Edward Elgar
APJOMS - xii, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
BIBLIOGRĀFIJA Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN 1843766892


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The ten countries joining the EU in 2004 will soon be forced to focus on the next big challenge of integration: their adoption of the euro.

In this book, well-known economists and policymakers look at the next step in the integration process for accession countries: accession to European Monetary Union (EMU). They debate which monetary and exchange rate strategies are optimal during the run-up to EMU, and consider the conflict that may arise in trying to meet both the exchange rate stability and the Maastricht inflation criteria. The impossible trinity between monetary independence, exchange rate stability and free capital flows is also addressed as is the question of the effects of structural changes on the real exchange rate. Estimates of the ‘Balassa-Samuelson effect’ on five of the new member states, and the experiences of Portugal and Greece in their run-up to EMU are discussed, and lessons for the economic policies of the new EU member states are illustrated.

The distinguished list of contributors have published extensively in the relevant fields making Monetary Strategies for Joining the Euro a must read for policymakers and economists interested in European studies. It will also be welcomed by those with an interest in the process of European integration.



Introduction and Summary

1. Challenges Faced by the Accession Countries

2. Some Thoughts on Monetary Strategy

3. Exchange Rate Policies on the Last Stretch

4. Disentangling the Balassa–Samuelson Effect in CEC

5. Countries in the Prospect of EMU Enlargement 

6. Float in Order to Fix? Lessons from Emerging Markets for New EU Member Countries

7. Portugal and the EMU: 1996–2001, the Crucial Years

8. Macroeconomic Adjustment to Structural Change


Contributors: J. Braga de Macedo, W. Buiter, L. Campos e Cunha, J.-P. Cotis, F. De Fiore, P. De Grauwe, G. Fagan, N.C. Garganas, V. Gaspar, A. Inotai, O. Issing, Z. Járai, M.A. Kovács, A. Pereira, H. Reisen, P. Silva, P. Solbes, J. Stark, G. Szapáry, J. von Hagen, J. Zhou


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