This book provides a comprehensive account and analysis of the plan for European monetary union contained in the Maastricht Treaty. The provisions of the treaty itself are examined, showing how they evolved, what must be done to implement them, and some of the problems they will pose. Kenen goes far beyond the treaty, however, to survey and adapt recent research by economists on the benefits and costs of monetary unions, the conduct of monetary policy, and the consequences of large public deficits and debts. The European exchange-rate crises of 1992 and 1993 are analyzed, as well as their impact on the prospects for monetary union and the problems they pose for implementation of the Maastricht Treaty. The author makes specific proposals to handle the transition to a single currency, integrate the existing central banks into a single system, and modify parts of the treaty itself. The implications of European monetary union for the international monetary system in the mid-to-late 1990s are also considered.
• One of world's leading international economists specializing in exchange-rate analysis examines economic and monetary union in Europe • Highly topical subject of major importance; analysis could eventually influence unfolding of monetary events in Europe • Sequel to book (EMU after Maastricht) published by the distinguished group of Thirty sold over 3000 copies
1. The origins of EMU; 2. The design of EMU; 3. Monetary policy in stage three; Appendix. Monetary mechanics in EMU; 4. Fiscal policy and EMU; 5. EMU and the outside world; 6. The transition to EMU; 7. Reconsidering the transition; 8. Getting on with EMU.