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Global Monetary Chaos: Systemic Failures Need Bold Multilateral Responses

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    Amidst continued financial crisis, the question of the global trade imbalances is back high on the international agenda. A procession of prominent economists, editorialists and politicians has taken it upon themselves to ¡°remind¡± the surplus countries, and in particular the country with the biggest surplus, China, of their responsibility for a sound and balanced global recovery. The generally shared view is that this means permitting the value of the renminbi to be set freely by the ¡°markets¡±, so that the country will export less and import and consume more, hence allowing the rest of the world to do the opposite. But is it reasonable to put the burden of rebalancing the global economy on a single country and its currency? This policy brief contends that the decision to leave currencies to the vagaries of the market will not help rebalance the global economy. It argues that the problem lies in systemic failures, and as such, requires comprehensive and inclusive multilateral action.

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    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 1-5

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    Handle: RePEc:oul:tncr09:v:2:y:2010:i:3:p:1-5
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