How global currencies work : past, present, and future

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Author: Eichengreen, Barry J., 1952-
Mehl, Arnaud
Chiţu, Livia, 1982-
Language: English
Summary: "At first glance, the modern history of the global economic system seems to support the long-held view that the leading world power's currency--the British pound, the U.S. dollar, and perhaps someday the Chinese yuan--invariably dominates international trade and finance. In How Global Currencies Work, three noted economists provide a reassessment of this history and the theories behind the conventional wisdom. Offering a new history of global finance over the past two centuries, and marshaling extensive new data to test established theories of how global currencies work, Barry Eichengreen, Arnaud Mehl, and Livia Chiţu argue for a new view, in which several national monies can share international currency status, and their importance can change rapidly. They demonstrate how changes in technology and in the structure of international trade and finance have reshaped the landscape of international currencies so that several international financial standards can coexist. They show that multiple international and reserve currencies have in fact coexisted in the pastupending the traditional view of the British pound's dominance prior to 1945 and the U.S. dollar's dominance more recently. Looking forward, the book tackles the implications of this new framework for major questions facing the future of the international monetary system, from whether the euro and the Chinese yuan might address their respective challenges and perhaps rival the dollar, to how increased currency competition might affect global financial stability."--Jacket.
Physical Description: xv, 250 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-244) and index.
ISBN: 9780691177007 (hardcover)
0691177007 (hardcover)
Published: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2018.
Table of Contents:
  • 1
  • Introduction
  • 2
  • The origins of foreign balances
  • 3
  • From Jekyll Island to Genoa
  • 4
  • Reserve currencies in the 1920s and 1930s
  • 5
  • The role of currencies in financing international trade
  • 6
  • Evidence from international bond markets
  • 7
  • Reserve currency competition in the second half of the twentieth century
  • 8
  • The retreat of sterling
  • 9
  • The rise and fall of the yen
  • 10
  • The euro as second in command
  • 11
  • Prospects for the renminbi
  • 12
  • Conclusion.