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Introducing the Euro as Legal Tender—Benefits and Costs of Eurorization for Cape Verde, Patrick Imam

In recent years, recommendations for countries to unilaterally dollarize/eurorize have become common, particularly when the countries lack economic credibility. After exploring the characteristics of dollarizing/eurorizing economies, we look at the merits and costs of unilateral eurorization for Cape Verde, a highly tourism based economy that has become increasingly integrated into the euro-zone area and that has a strong macroeconomic track record. We illustrate that neither the benefits nor the costs of unilateral eurorization are large and conclude that there is no compelling case to change the current exchange rate arrangement at this point in time. Econometrically, we assess the characteristics of dollarized economies and demonstrate that few of them apply to Cape Verde, further confirming that Cape Verde does not fit the pattern of most dollarizing countries
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Characteristics of Eurorization/Dollarization Countries; Tables; 1. List of Dollarized Economies; III. Potential Benefits and Costs of Eurorization for Cape Verde; Boxes; 1. Loss of Seignorage Revenue: Theory and Evidence; 2. Present Value Loss of Seignorage Revenue (as a share of GDP); Figures; 1. Debt With and Without Access to Seignorage Revenue, 2008-28; 3. Seignorage Gains for CEECs; 2. Growth Effect of Euroriztion is Temporary, not Permanent; IV. Econometric Analysis of the Characteristics of Dollarized Economies; A. Determinants of Exchange Rate Choice
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non fiction
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1 online resource (36 p.)
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