The Euro area is an extremely unique and important currency area for two reasons. First, it is the single largest currency area to be created in an industrialized region and is important as a test case for regions contemplating the establishment of new currency areas, such as East Asia and North America. Second, it was established by sovereign states working as peers, which, despite various challenges, peacefully and autonomously decided to create a single currency area.Marking the 10th anniversary of the creation of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Euro, this invaluable book analyzes the monetary policy of the ECB - the guardian of the Euro - by using recently developed econometric methods. The analysis performed in this book marks a substantial contribution toward understanding the significance of the Euro area as well as the future of the Euro from an international perspective.
Historical Background of the Euro; Demand for Money in the Euro Area; Monetary Policy Rule of the ECB; Term Structure of the Interest Rates in the Euro Area; Are Budget Deficits Sustainable in the Euro Area?; Financial Integration in the Euro Area.