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*[http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/business/yourmoney/19view.html Daniel Gross. "The Case for Fewer but Stronger Currencies". New York Times. February 19, 2006] - "Dollarization advocates say that this is all to the good. Mr. Steil notes that the Dominican Republic, where a currency crisis in 2004 wiped out the savings of a significant chunk of the population, conducts about 85 percent of its trade with the United States. 'Why on earth would they need their own currency?' he asks." *[http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/business/yourmoney/19view.html Daniel Gross. "The Case for Fewer but Stronger Currencies". New York Times. February 19, 2006] - "Dollarization advocates say that this is all to the good. Mr. Steil notes that the Dominican Republic, where a currency crisis in 2004 wiped out the savings of a significant chunk of the population, conducts about 85 percent of its trade with the United States. 'Why on earth would they need their own currency?' he asks."
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 +*[http://www.petersoninstitute.org/publications/papers/paper.cfm?ResearchID=344 C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute. "Dollarization in Emerging-Market Economies and Its Policy Implications for the United".] - "one additional criterion has recently been suggested for dollarization: close economic links between a country and the United States. The argument is that such a country, in addition to enhancing its monetary stability, could achieve significant savings in transaction costs because of those extensive trade and investment links. For example, studies show that transactions between Canadian cities are 20 times those between similar Canadian and American cities despite ten years of a free trade area and the geographic propinquity, common language and culture of the two countries; the main barrier may be the different currencies and the fluctuating exchange rate between them. This is one of the main economic arguments for creating the euro as a common currency for countries that have already developed extensive trade and other economic ties in Europe."

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  • C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute. "Dollarization in Emerging-Market Economies and Its Policy Implications for the United". - "one additional criterion has recently been suggested for dollarization: close economic links between a country and the United States. The argument is that such a country, in addition to enhancing its monetary stability, could achieve significant savings in transaction costs because of those extensive trade and investment links. For example, studies show that transactions between Canadian cities are 20 times those between similar Canadian and American cities despite ten years of a free trade area and the geographic propinquity, common language and culture of the two countries; the main barrier may be the different currencies and the fluctuating exchange rate between them. This is one of the main economic arguments for creating the euro as a common currency for countries that have already developed extensive trade and other economic ties in Europe."

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