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Title: On the Feasibility of a One- or Multi-Speed European Monetary Union

Author(s): Alberto F Alesina and Vittorio Grilli

Publication Date: July 1993

Keyword(s): European Monetary System, European Monetary Union, Multi-speed and Political Economy

Programme Area(s): International Macroeconomics

Abstract: This paper addresses two questions: (1) Is a twelve-country monetary union in Europe feasible? (2) Can monetary union be achieved in stages, i.e. with an initial group of countries going first, and later admitting the others? After examining several politico-economic arguments concerning problems of feasibility of the union, we conclude with a fair amount of scepticism concerning the multi-speed idea. We show that the final result of the monetary integration process depends on `how many speeds' Europe proceeds with. Our discussion of feasibility sheds some light on the political economy of the recent (Fall of 1992) turmoil in the monetary system of Europe.

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Alesina, A and Grilli, V. 1993. 'On the Feasibility of a One- or Multi-Speed European Monetary Union'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.