On The Welfare Benefits of an International Currency

Author/Editor:

Prakash Kannan

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Is it beneficial for a country's currency to be used internationally? And, if so, can we quantify the benefit? Since the emergence of the euro, there has been great interest in the consequences of a transfer of the US dollar's premier international role to the euro. Building on recent advancements in the literature on search models of money, this paper presents a novel model-based approach towards assessing the welfare benefits associated with the international use of a country's currency. The welfare gain for the Euro area in having the euro internationally used ranges from 1.7% to 2.1% of consumption.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451866131/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007049

Format:

Paper

Pages:

37

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