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Steven Buigut
''Determinants of the Public's Preference for a Referendum on Monetary Union''
( 2008, Vol. 6 No.46 )
Public support is crucial for the success of a monetary union. An aspect of the monetary unification process that could influence public support is how the decision to participate is made. This article analyzes the determinants of the public's preference for a referendum on the adoption of a common currency. The survey data used is from Kenya, a member of the East African Community (EAC) which currently is pursuing a monetary union. The results suggest a younger public increases the probability that a referendum will be the preferred method. Sharing a language or culture with communities in other member countries increases the probability that a referendum is preferred, while a more favorable appraisal of the effects of monetary union decreases the probability of choosing the referendum.
JEL: F3 - International Finance: General
E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit: General
Manuscript Received : Oct 15 2008 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 02 2008

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