Bretton-Woods Systems, Old and New, and the Rotation of Exchange-Rates Regimes
AbstractA recent contribution to the literature argues that the present international monetary system in many ways operates like the Bretton-Woods system. Asia is the new periphery of the system and pursues an export-led development strategy. The members of the new periphery peg their currencies to the U.S. dollar at undervalued exchange rates and accumulate foreign reserves. In contrast, the old periphery - - consisting of Western Europe, Canada and parts of Latin America - - interacts with the centre with flexible exchange rates; its aggregate current account has been roughly in balance. As under the older system, the United States remains the centre country, pursuing a monetary-policy strategy that overlooks the exchange rate. An implication of this argument is the following asymmetry hypothesis: under both regimes the United States does not take external factors into account in conducting monetary policy while the periphery does take external factors into account. We provide results of a test of the asymmetry hypothesis. Then, we present a new method for decomposition of the business cycle using a time-varying-coefficient technique that allows us to test the relationship between the cycle and macroeconomic policies. We apply this technique to five countries for three sub-periods over the 1959 to 2007 period.
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- Stephen G. Hall & George Hondroyiannis & P. A. V. B. Swamy & George S. Tavlas, 2011. "Bretton‐Woods Systems, Old And New, And The Rotation Of Exchange‐Rate Regimes," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 79(2), pages 293-317, 03.
- Stephen Hall & George Hondroyiannis & P.A.V.B Swamy & George Tavlas, 2010. "Bretton-Woods systems, old and new, and the rotation of exchange-rate regimes," Working Papers 112, Bank of Greece.
- C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models
- E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
- F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
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- NEP-IFN-2010-04-17 (International Finance)
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