How Global Currencies Work : Past, Present, and Future

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Barry Eichengreen, Arnaud Mehl, Livia Chitu
Format
Hardback | 272 pages
Dimensions
152 x 235 x 27.94mm | 567g
Publication date
07 Nov 2017
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Publication City/Country
New Jersey, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
38 line illus. 18 tables.
ISBN10
0691177007
ISBN13
9780691177007
Bestsellers rank
208,738