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Effective exchange rates 1879 1913

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  • SOLOMOU, SOLOMOS
  • CATAO, LUIS

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This article constructs nominal and real multilateral effective exchange rates for Britain, France, Germany and the US during the period of the classical Gold Standard, 1879 1913. The new data indicate that the major industrial countries saw trend variations in their nominal effective rates, which appear to have been stochastic in nature, and reflected a significant exchange rate variation with non-gold countries. The movements of nominal effective rates display common trend patterns across the major industrial countries, reflecting similar trading structures in the pre-1914 period. In contrast, the movements of the real effective rates reflect national-specific influences. The implications of the new data with regard to business cycles and the international adjustment mechanism under the Gold Standard are considered.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal European Review of Economic History.

Volume (Year): 4 (2000)
Issue (Month): 03 (December)
Pages: 361-382

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Handle: RePEc:cup:ereveh:v:4:y:2000:i:03:p:361-382_00

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Cited by:
  1. Williamson, Jeffrey G, 2011. "Industrial Catching Up in the Poor Periphery 1870-1975," CEPR Discussion Papers 8335, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Luis Catão, 2006. "Sudden Stops and Currency Drops," IMF Working Papers 06/133, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Kalina Dimitrova & Martin Ivanov & Ralitsa Simeonova-Ganeva, 2009. "Effective exchange rates of the Bulgarian Lev 1879-1939," ICER Working Papers 04-2009, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.

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