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The Economics of Monetary Integration [Paperback]

Paul de Grauwe
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6 April 2000 0198776322 978-0198776321 4th Revised edition
With the launch of the Euro, Europe's monetary landscape has changed fundamentally. The fourth edition of this textbook on monetary integration has been significantly rewritten to take account of these changes. New issues include: monetary policies in Euroland in the presence of asymmetric shocks; the mechanics of open market operations in Euroland; the question of wether the Eurosystem is too decentralized; the Target Payments system; problems of bank supervision and control in Euroland; the future of the euro in the international financial system; whether the euro will be a strong currency; and financial and banking integration in Euroland. This edition has been produced in a larger format, with clear figures and tables with relevant international data. Chapter conclusions provide a clear summary of each topic under discussion. Paul De Grauwe's balanced analysis continues to provide a clear account of all the crucial issues surrounding monetary union for undergraduate students of monetary economics and European studies.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4th Revised edition edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198776322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198776321
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,613,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent coverage of the main issues" -- MJ Macmillan, Exeter University

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Paul De Grauwe is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies in Leuven. He has been a doctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor at the universities of Paris, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THE costs of a monetary union derive from the fact that when a country relinquishes its national currency, it also relinquishes an instrument of economic policy, i.e. it loses the ability to conduct a national monetary policy. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good allround text. 27 May 2001
This offers pretty much all you need to know about the European Union and OCA's, but falls a little short in the latter parts when discussing the policies of the ECB. All in all, a sound textbook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 10 April 2002
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I'm an undergraduate student in Finance and Economics. I picked up this book for a term paper for my Public Economics class.
If there's one thing to say about De Grauwe's book is that it seemed very useful, down to earth, in contrast to other economics books I've read. The concepts covered in the book were explained very clearly, and for someone interested in the area, the theories seemed ready for use for application in understanding the important issues of monetary integration.
Whether there are flaws in the theory are--honestly--beyond my grasp; I'd have to read more. The book seems written and revised fairly enough and hasn't received negative comments from the faculty at my university. If someone else has a contrary opinion, I'm sure it'd help for people to hear.
Check the sample pages if you want to see if this book would be good for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, incoherent 4 Jan 2012
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This textbook is poorly written: "one of the main driving forces for the popularity of a monetary union is to be found in the fact that it allows high-inflation countries to import price stability." (pg 99). Instead of "x is because of y," we always get "x has to do with the fact that y might possibly in some but not all important circumstances tend to exist." (pg. 55 and 64.) There's no content, and the same meaningless diagrams keep popping up.
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