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OCA cubed: Mundell in 3D

Author(s): PhDr. Jan Zápal Ph.D., Michaela Krčílková
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2009
Number: 24
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Published in: IES Working Papers 24/2009
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: OCA, supply and demand shocks, VAR decomposition, new EU member states
JEL codes: E32, F15, F40
Suggested Citation: Krčílková, M., Zápal, J. (2009). “ OCA cubed: Mundell in 3D ” IES Working Paper 24/2009. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GACR 402/08/0501 (2008-2010) Political Economy of Public Spending
Abstract: This paper intends to fill two gaps in the Optimal Currency Area literature. First of all, Mundell's original idea has very little formalmodel theoretical underpinning. Second, it almost exclusively views countries contemplating monetary unification as single economies. We question this view and expand the model to incorporate the division of an economy into three sectors. In the empirical part of the paper, we follow recent OCA empirici literature and investigate the correlation of shocks between the individual new EU member countries and the `EU-core'. Treating the
whole economy as one sector this is a standard exercise. However, since the three-sector version of our model provides a natural metric on which to assess the appropriateness of unification, we are able to repeat the exercise treating each country's economy as a collection of three distinct sectors.
Downloadable: WP 2009_24_Krcilkova, Zapal

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