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  • Hendrik Van den Berg

    (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)


This historically-based textbook on international finance and open-economy macroeconomics provides a complete course on the theory and policies that shaped our international financial system. Utilizing the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference as a unifying theme, the book covers all the standard topics of international finance, such as foreign exchange markets, balance of payments accounting, macroeconomic policy in an open economy, exchange rate crises, multinational enterprises, international banking, and the evolution of our international financial system. The detailed international financial theory is presented in a lively manner that reflects the close relationship between actual world events and the development of economic thought.The book also analyzes the causes of the 2008 international financial crisis and recession, encourages critical thinking about whether the current international financial system promotes human well-being, and concludes with a discussion on whether it is time to summon the world's financial leaders to another Bretton Woods Conference. In additional to providing students with a solid understanding of international finance and open-economy macroeconomics, the book is written in a reader-friendly style that makes it a good reference for anyone interested in the many fascinating issues related to our still-evolving global financial system and, more generally, our global economy.The Instructor's manual is available upon request for all instructors who adopt this book as a course text. Please send your request to

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  • Hendrik Van den Berg, 2010. "INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND OPEN-ECONOMY MACROECONOMICS:Theory, History, and Policy," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 7599, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wsbook:7599

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    International Finance; Exchange Rates; Open-Economy Macroeconomics; Gold Standard; Bretton Woods; John Maynard Keynes;

    JEL classification:

    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models


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