The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union : Would a Fiscal Insurance Mechanism Mitigate National Income Shocks?

Author/Editor:

Paul Cashin ; Antonio Lemus

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

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Summary:

This paper studies the nature of the shocks affecting the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), and examines whether a hypothetical Eastern Caribbean fiscal insurance mechanism could insure member countries of the union against asymmetric national income shocks. The empirical results suggest that a one dollar reduction in an ECCU member country's per capita personal income could trigger, through reduced income taxes and increased transfers, flows equivalent to about 7 percent of the initial income shock. Each member of the currency union could benefit as well, although the extent of shock mitigation differs across individual countries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/17

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463931223/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012017

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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