When are monetary commitments credible? Parallel agreements and the sustainability of currency unions

David Stasavage, Dominique Guillaume

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Abstract

This article investigates the conditions which make it costly for governments to renege on institutional commitments governing monetary policy. Focusing on one such type of commitment - monetary integration - we develop and test a hypothesis which suggests that the presence of parallel international agreements plays an important role in raising the costs of exit for states which might otherwise withdraw from a monetary union. While existing political economy work on credible commitments in the area of monetary policy has had a heavy focus on countries in the European Union, we broaden the inquiry, using quantitative and qualitative evidence from the numerous African countries which have participated in monetary unions over the last forty years. Our results provide strong support for the parallel agreements hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-146
Number of pages28
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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