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Joining European Monetary Union: a real options perspective
Scottish Journal of Political Economy (2007)
  • Frank Strobel, University of Birmingham
Abstract

We examine the real option implicit in countries' decisions on whether to join a monetary union when future benefits of this move are uncertain. Our theoretical model is calibrated for the current Euro-12 area and EU-15 outs, proxying policymakers' inflation preferences with unemployment rates, debt-to-GDP and potential-to-actual-GDP ratios. The Euro-12 area is generally ready or close to wanting to expand, whereas the EU-15 outs are unready to make that move at present and have widely varying probabilities of wanting to do so in the future, depending on the measure used.

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Publication Date
2007
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Frank Strobel. "Joining European Monetary Union: a real options perspective" Scottish Journal of Political Economy (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/frank_strobel/3/