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How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future (Hardback)
  • How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future (Hardback)

How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 07/11/2017
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A powerful new understanding of global currency trends, including the rise of the Chinese yuan 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 Chit?u 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.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691177007
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 mm


"The authors conclude that the euro, in particular, will play a more consequential role in international reserves relative to the US dollar, while China’s renminbi will be slower to achieve acceptance."---Ian McLennan, Spear's Magazine

"A readable and timely book." - Finance & Development

"How Global Currencies Work is an ambitious title that delivers fascinating analysis on the rise and fall of international currencies in the 20th century with some educated suggestions about their trajectories in the 21st."---Christopher Smart, Project Syndicate

"The book gives readers an excellent introduction to the history of international reserve currencies over the past two centuries. . . . For those involved, whether at a national or international level, in government or in financial institutions, it will make compulsory reading."---Richard Parlour, Central Banking Journal

"This volume offers a thrilling history of global finance over the past two centuries. It is very well written, marshals extensive new data and provides fascinating new insight into how global currencies work."---Ivo Maes, History of Economic Ideas

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