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On the origins of the Triffin dilemma: Empirical business cycle analysis and imperfect competition theory

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  • Ivo Maes

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    (National Bank of Belgium, Research Department
    Université catholique de Louvain, Robert Triffin Chair
    ICHEC Brussels Management School)

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    Robert Triffin became famous with his trenchant analyses of the vulnerabilities of the Bretton Woods system. These are still at the center of many discussions today. This paper argues that there is a remarkable continuity in Triffin's work. From his earliest writings, Triffin developed a vision that the international adjustment process was not functioning according to the classical mechanisms. This view was based on thorough empirical analyses of the Belgian economy during the Great Depression and shaped by a business cycle perspective with an emphasis on the disequilibria and the transition period. His doctoral dissertation on imperfect competition theory and his Latin American experience further reinforced this basic view.

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    Paper provided by National Bank of Belgium in its series Working Paper Research with number 240.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201212-240

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    Keywords: Triffin; Bretton Woods; international liquidity; business cycle theory; imperfect competition theory;

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