Title: A modular approach to seigniorage in a monetary union

Authors: Carsten Lange, Christine Sauer

Addresses: Department of Economics, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 West Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768, USA. ' Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001, USA

Abstract: There is little agreement on how to measure seigniorage changes and their sources in a monetary union. This paper informs the debate by developing a modular approach that distinguishes between seigniorage changes a country experiences during the transition phase prior to joining a monetary union and at the time of the regime change when the common currency is introduced. Using the Eurozone enlargement as an example, the underlying components of seigniorage changes for the transition phase and the regime change are identified and quantified. The modular approach thus allows a more informed discussion and provides analysts and policymakers with flexibility as to which seigniorage components to choose depending on the economic issue at hand.

Keywords: seigniorage; seignorage; seigneurage; Economic and Monetary Union; EMU; European Union; Eurozone; EU enlargement; European Central Bank; ECB; modular analysis; common currency; transition phase; regime change; monetary economics; finance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMEF.2010.030036

International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.50 - 68

Published online: 03 Dec 2009 *

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