Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/19165
Authors: 
Hefeker, Carsten
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
HWWA Discussion Paper 224
Abstract: 
The paper explores the interaction between the proposed monetary union for ECOWAS and structural reforms of fiscal policy. The effects depend to a large extent on the degree of similarity of member countries. In a monetary union of similar countries, member states run a more distortive fiscal policy, while their structural reform efforts will fall. This is also the case for countries that unilaterally peg to an anchor currency or introduce a foreign currency. In an monetary union with dissimilar countries the reverse can happen for those member states that are confronted with high distortion countries. This result implies that current WAEMU members will run a less distortive fiscal policy after the inclusion of other members of ECOWAS.
Subjects: 
West Africa
monetary union
fiscal policy
structural reforms
JEL: 
F33
E61
E63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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