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Transition Issues for the European Monetary Union

Willem H. Buiter, Anne C. Sibert

NBER Working Paper No. 6292
Issued in November 1997
NBER Program(s):   IFM

If Stage Three of EMU starts on January 1, 1999, transition issues remain on two time scales. Until July 1, 2002, national currencies and the euro co-exist as legal tender. We argue that intra-EMU currency risk exists in principle during that period, but that no EMU member can be forced out through speculative attacks. Cohabitation of Ins and Outs has an open-ended time scale. We discuss the effect of EMU on incentives for both Ins and Outs to undertake structural reform and the coordination problems associated with the distribution of seigniorage revenue and the Stability and Growth Pact.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6292

Published: DeEmu in Breed Perspectiet; Preadviezen 1997, Koninklijke Vereniging voo rde Stathuishoudkunde, pp. 1-17; Lemma BV, Utrecht, 1997.

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