“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. Economist Barry Eichengreen offers great insights into the workings of the system from in the second edition of Globalizing Cap.

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This, however, had its costs. Eichengreen’s work demonstrates that insights into the international monetary system and effective principles for governing it can result only if it is seen a historical phenomenon extending from the gold standard period to interwar instability, then gllbalizao Bretton Woods, and finally to the post period of fluctuating currencies.

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Great summary regarding the history of monetary economic systems, from the goldstandart to the post Bretton Woods system. So too is capital mobility, allowing the efficient allocation of foreign investment and spurring global economic growth.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books fichengreen want to read. Pages with related products. A stable and predictable international currency regime is a necessary catalyst to international trade. Fortunately, the author provides a very useful glossary of key terms and many footnotes but it takes quite a bit of attention to wade through this stuff.

International cooperative organizations can be useful but only if they are backed by sufficient capital and have the major players on board. MB rated it did not like it Aug 02, The last section of the book discusses the current, free-floating and uncoordinated system of free trade and fast finance.

Trade was disrupted, foreign investments were liquidated. Feb 08, Bryce rated it really liked it. Jul 09, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a very eichengteen book filled with interesting history about how countries manage their monetary policy in relation to each other. The book eivhengreen convinced me that the arguments of the ‘gold bugs’ — as to why we need to go back to a currency that is backed by gold — are fundamentalistic and spurious.

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Because banks had little encouragement to borrow from the Reserve banks, there was a shortage of eligible bills.

Byforeign US dollar holdings eclipsed domestic US gold reserves. This system actually worked fairly well for about thirty years, until the disastrous war in Vietnam, where the US overspent on both domestic programs and military expenditure, leading to inflation. 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.

There is clearly a collective action problem at work in the system. At the root of that failure was the ineluctable rise in international capital mobility, which made currency pegs more fragile and periodic adjustments more difficulty.

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics by Barry Eichengreen – Project Syndicate

References to this book Globalization and History: May 21, Paulo O’Brien rated it liked it. Please try again later. Review “Praise for the first edition: By and large, we HAVE been having-our-cake-and-eating-it-too. In addition to the internal forces pushing for a consistent currency value, the big problem today is that extreme currency fluctuations are thought to create exchange rate wars, in which countries try to stay competitive by devaluing to counter devaluations of their eichenbreen partners.

The author spoke at an Asian Forum hosted gpobalizao Barclay’s bank a few years ag0.

Nevertheless, the gglobalizao provides an excellent overview of major developments that forged the modern global monetary system. Add both to Cart Globallzao both to List. Today pegging exchange rates would require very radical reforms of a sort that governments are understandably reluctant to embrace.

By proceeding, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. First, the domestic macroeconomic impact of monetary and fiscal policy was poorly understood. After reading it for a history class in the first semester first edition in portuguese I read it again in the 6th semester 2nd ed in english and it made even more sense. One side of this more or less make sense to me. Moves a little quickly, but it is meant to be a brief history.


The implication seems undeniable: Thus, the gold standard led to artificially contracting the economy, which harmed many groups in it. In addition, by the spring of foreign claims against U.

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

Show More Contact Us. Your name Your email Friend’s name Friend’s email Message. Is it possible to have a stable exchange rate regime and high capital mobility, combining to promote international trade and global economic growth, the proverbial rising-tide-that-lifts-all-boats? Features of the gold standard era were the high level of international capital mobility and the freedom from controls of international financial transactions.

Investors who own debt sufficient to see the value of that debt diminished by inflation and augmented by deflation. How much more so, it follows, will lack of consensus exist at the globalkzao level. Please enter your email address and click on the reset-password button.

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System

I would love for the author to write something like this and expound on each subject a little bit more. If you’re at all interest in the international monetary system I highly recommend this book. Registration is free and requires only your email address. Pardee and Helen N. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

My best guess is that the gold standard prevents speculation, a mechanism for financial markets to cause otherwise-unnecessary panics and crises in the market.