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By H. M. Scobie

A close research of the industrial results of the changeover to a unified ecu forex and the pressures attributable to a dual-currency procedure over the transition interval to the Euro. topics mentioned include:* financial move funds: the results of the united states constitution for the EMU* outcomes of parallel forex 1999-2002* feasibility of a unmarried foreign money with no the alternate expense mechanism* the connection among the united kingdom and Europe* money owed of strikes in the direction of financial union in Austria, Portugal and Finland.

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Moreover, each state has its own fiscal system. 2 demonstrates the divergence of inflation rates for different US regions. Indeed the model of the US economy and its parallels with the European economy has been little examined by economists in Europe. 2 shows consumer price statistics for different regions of the US with data provided by the US Bureau of Labor. Inevitably the power of domestic central banks of each of the European countries in their present form will be greatly reduced as a result of the introduction of the single currency The power of conducting monetary policy will be in the hands of the autonomous European Central Bank which will conduct its policies in the context of a unified Europe.

And let me just say that this view, as I have described it, is increasingly being adopted across the world—above all with resounding success in New Zealand—as governments eschew the opportunity of short-term adjustment for the confidence and stability that central bank independence seems able to bring. Moreover, I do not believe that it by any means follows that an ECB will have to be permanently or overly restrictive. Once that bank has achieved credibility, and I acknowledge that track record and therefore time is necessary here, and if the Euro is accepted in the markets as an inherently sound currency, I like to think the bank will have a degree of latitude and discretion in its policy that is denied at the moment to so many central banks whose currency is so subject to market opinion.

If exchange rate stability is the objective of the regime, this particular system will indeed not satisfy those requirements. First there are limits to the size of reserves of any given central bank. These limits determine the bank’s 34 SINGLE CURRENCY FEASIBLE WITHOUT ERM ability at any given time to defend its currency. The size of the reserves of any central bank are known to the market operators. This can be observed by the way in which some of the European central banks tried to defend their currencies in the first half of the 1990s.

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