On a Common Currency for the GCC Countries

Author/Editor:

Esteban Jadresic

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper assesses the eventual replacement of the currencies of the GCC countries with a common currency. It concludes that a properly implemented currency union may contribute to enhance economic efficiency in the region, deepen regional integration, and develop its non-oil economy. However, it cautions that a currency union should be seen as only one component of a much broader integration effort. This should include the removal of the distortions that inhibit intraregional trade and investment, agreements on policy frameworks to ensure macroeconomic stability, and further political integration. The paper also addresses the choice of exchange rate arrangement for the unified currency.

Series:

Policy Discussion Paper No. 02/12

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451969481/1934-7456

Stock No:

PPIEA0122002

Price:

$10.00 (Academic Rate:$10.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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