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Reserves and Baskets

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  • Michael D. Bordo
  • Harold James

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We discuss three well known plans that were offered in the twentieth century to provide an artificial replacement for gold and key currencies as international reserves: Keynes’ Bancor, the SDR and the Ecu( predecessor to the euro).The latter two of these reserve substitutes were institutionalized but neither replaced the dollar as the principal medium of international reserve.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17492.

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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Publication status: published as Michael Bordo & Harold James, 2012. "Reserves and Baskets," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 113-127, February.
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  1. Rockoff, Hugh & White, Eugene N., 2012. "Monetary Regimes and Policy on a Global Scale: The Oeuvre of Michael D. Bordo," MPRA Paper 49672, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2013.

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