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Is Latin America an Optimal Currency Area? Evidence from a Structural Vector Auto-regression analysis

Foresti, Pasquale (2007): Is Latin America an Optimal Currency Area? Evidence from a Structural Vector Auto-regression analysis.

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the advisability of a monetary union in Latin America applying the theory of optimum currency areas (OCA). The analysis, based on the traditional OCA criteria, suggests that there is no evidence for any monetary integration in Latin America, even at a sub-regional level. Latin American countries have evidenced a low degree of trade integration and asymmetric co-movements among their shocks. Moreover, important differences in the speed of adjustment and size of shocks are found. Higher policy coordination seems to be necessary before starting any economic integration process in Latin America.

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