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Gjorgji Gockov, Kiril Jovanovski
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This paper has the goal to evaluate the existence of asymmetry of macroeconomic shocks between the SEE countries. It focuses on the Optimum Currency Area (OCA) theory to determine the readiness of any country to participate in a monetary union. The main goal of the study is to evaluate the OCA criteria for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Slovenia. The focus will be on the trade and financial links among these countries, the harmonization of business cycles and the similarities in the inflation movements. Going through often cited criteria for a successful currency union the paper will try to give conclusion for the possibilities to use the benefits of the OCA in the region.
The paper will contribute with its assumptions that will be used in assessing the feasibility of a common currency area (CCA). That assumption will focus on the existence of the asymmetric shocks that will increase the costs of forming a CCA in SEE countries. In this paper, the comparative analysis of the key variables, policies and recommendations, gives profound basis for making conclusions related to the different macroeconomic policies behavior in terms of bad economic performance. Identification of the imbalances, national or international should give an answer for the dilemmas about the consistency of certain measure in terms of OCA.