“Eichengreen’s purpose is to provide a brief history of the international monetary system. In this, he succeeds magnificently. Globalizing Capital will become a. Globalizing Capital: A History of the. International Monetary A major theme of Barry Eichengreen’s accessible history of the internationa etary system since. Eichengreen, B.: Globalizing Capital: a. System. IX, pp. Princeton Univer. US $ Barry Eichengreen at his best: his lat international monetary system.
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If you’re at all interest in the international monetary system I highly recommend this book. A complicated, but exceedingly important topic. A lot of details, very thorough.
Apr 08, Erin rated it liked it. Eric rated it really capktal it Jun 30, Jan 30, Noelle rated it liked it. Instead, speculators could commit arbitrage by buying gold where it was cheaper due to a decline in the exchange rate for whatever reasonand selling it where it was more expensive. One side of this more or less make sense to me.
Second, I got a much clearer globalizingg of what preceded the gold standard and how that transition occurred. However, he shows that capital mobility was also high prior to World War I, yet this did not globalizint the maintenance of fixed exchange rates.
It is largely compelling, thought-provoking, highly informative, and a pleasure to read. The Canadian banks ran into legal limits themselves, which were then loosened. What was critical for the successful maintenance of fixed exchange rates during that period was the fact that governmentswere relatively insulated from democratic politics and thus from pressure to trade off eichhengreen rate stability for other goals, such as the reduction of unemployment.
Gold would flow into a country when the volume of exports exceeds the volume of imports. The gold standard was first established by accident by Sir Isaac Newton in Protectionism seems like a tempting option, but the s show why that isn’t the best option. Account Options Globalizong in.
What was critical for the successful maintenance of fixed exchange rates during that period was the fact that governmentswere relatively insulated from democratic politics and thus from pressure to trade off exchange rate stability for other goals, such as the reduction of unemployment. If not, what would be the broader goal of a coordinated strategy? His book, Globalizing Capital: Usually, the problem is that I want mechanistic hypotheses that the available data can’t evaluate.
It begins in the early s in Europe, and remains focused there and on the Un I initially shelved this to read on the hoped-for assumption that it was a more ambitious book than it is.
Elaborating a thesis put forth by Karl Polanyi inEichengreen argues that modern democratic governments are bound to yield to pressures to pursue goals, such as the avoidance of cyclical unemployment, that conflict with the maintenance of fixed or pegged exchange rates. What isn’t as obvious to me is who the strict sacrifices made to uphold the gold standard are meant to please. Approximately as dense as the point which expanded into the big bang, but very informative.
Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System by Barry Eichengreen
Want to Read saving…. Trade was disrupted, foreign investments were liquidated.
Hume’s theory relied in government micromanagement of foreign trade and massive transfers of gold in foreign accounts, neither of which happened. Businesses, due to the higher interest rates, would be unable to earn credit and debtors have to pay more interest on their loans.
Most of t Eichengreen does a great job in explaining this complicated subject. Fernando Espinosa rated it liked it Jan 10, Today pegging exchange rates would require very radical reforms of a sort that governments are understandably reluctant to embrace. Still, it seems a bit odd to me that the preface frames the ups and downs the narrative describes as more or less the outcome of a single class struggle.
This, however, had its costs. Big economies could tolerate changes in the exchange rate, like the United States.
He is a regular monthly columnist for Project Syndicate. Very recommended if capifal want to learn about this important topic. They could either let the exchange rate float, and let ‘come what may’, or they could peg their capifal to one of the other big currencies. Starting from the early days of the markets’ globalization in the late 19th century, he traces the transformation and the trial an error of the different international monetary systems.
For instance, the IMF does not seem to have made a big difference in coordinating currency stability, but the US was able to achieve it in Europe through large and sustained loans. The captal spoke at an Asian Forum hosted by Barclay’s bank a few years ag0. Here again I could have used some theoretical grounding. Twentieth-century voters might never have developed a taste for accommodative monetary policies had non-democratic governments glbalizing previous centuries not set a precedent for such policies by reshaping monetary arrangements to serve their own fiscal ends.
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