Joint research unit 7235

Revisiting the theory of optimum currency areas: Is the CFA franc zone sustainable?

Issiaka Coulibaly, Valérie Mignon, David Guerreiro, Cécile Couharde

This paper aims at explaining why the CFA countries have successfully maintained a currency union for several decades, despite failing to meet many of optimum currency area criteria. We suggest that the CFA zone, while not optimal, has been at least sustainable. We test this sustainability hypothesis by relying on the Behavioral Equilibrium Exchange Rate (BEER) approach. In particular, we assess and compare the convergence process of real exchange rates towards equilibrium for the CFA zone countries and a sample of other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Our findings evidence that internal and external balances have been fostered and adjustments facilitated in the CFA zone as a whole—compared to other SSA countries—as well as in each of its member countries.

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Monday 23 May 2022

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Monday 30 May 2022

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Antoine Dubus (ETH Zurich)

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Monday 30 May 2022

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Tuesday 31 May 2022

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Juan Pablo Montero (PUC)

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Tuesday 31 May 2022

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Juan Pablo Montero (PUC)

TBA

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Thursday 9 June 2022

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