Staff Papers
Published Date: 01 April 2007

Checking Out: Exits from Currency Unions.

MAS Staff Paper No. 44, April 2007 - By Andrew K. Rose


This paper studies the characteristics of departures from monetary unions.  During the post-war period, almost seventy distinct countries or territories have left a currency union, while over sixty have remained continuously in currency unions.  I compare countries leaving currency unions to those remaining within them, and find that leavers tend to be larger, richer, and more democratic; they also tend to have higher inflation.  However, there are typically no sharp macroeconomic movements before, during, or after exits.