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The Ties that Divide: A Network Analysis of the International Monetary System, 1890 1910

  • FLANDREAU, MARC
  • JOBST, CLEMENS

Conventional studies of the late-nineteenth-century international monetary system refer heuristically to core and peripheral countries. In this article, we seek to provide rigorous foundations to such expressions. Applying a formal procedure borrowed from network analysis produces indices of centrality and systematic rankings. We show that the international monetary system of the late nineteenth century is best described as a three-tier system. Other findings include the discovery of a closely knitted European foreign exchange system, a complete lack of foreign exchange linkages within Latin America, emerging intra-Asian relations, and a fairly late ascendancy of the U.S. dollar.

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Volume (Year): 65 (2005)
Issue (Month): 04 (December)
Pages: 977-1007

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  2. Ricardo, David, 1821. "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation," History of Economic Thought Books, McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought, edition 3, number ricardo1821.
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