2011-01-01, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Southern African economic integration: evidence from an augmented gravity model. Herman, Moshi Optat; Wandschneider, Kirsten; Warin, Thierry; ...

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  • 5338 words
  • Magazine/​Journal article
Published
  • Africangrowth Institute, 2011 Jan
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Southern African economic integration: evidence from an augmented gravity model.
Appears In
  • The African Finance Journal, v.13, no.1, 2011 Jan, p.1(14) (ISSN: 1605-9786)
Author
  • Herman, Moshi Optat
  • Wandschneider, Kirsten
  • Warin, Thierry
  • Wunnava, Phanindra V.
Published
  • Africangrowth Institute, 2011 Jan
Physical Description
  • 5338 words
  • Magazine/​Journal article
Subjects
Target Audience
  • Trade
Summary
  • This paper investigates the feasibility of creating a common-currency union consisting of 16 countries in Southern Africa. We estimate an augmented-gravity model that includes public deficit, public debt, public expenditure, inflation, and the foreign reserves position. We also integrate Africa-specific variables such as existing economic blocs in the region, colonial heritage, and the convergence of living standards. Our analysis shows that the prospect for further integration in Southern Africa is promising, but many challenges still persist. The existing economic blocs can provide a first stepping stone to a larger currency union, but countries continuously have to cultivate good governance and fiscal discipline. Keywords: optimum currency area, gravity model, Southern African integration, endogenous optimum currency area theory JEL Classification: F1, F3, F4, O24, O55
Terms of Use
  • COPYRIGHT 2011 Africangrowth Institute
Language
  • English
Database
  • Gale Academic OneFile
Identifier
  • 309793473

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