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Britain's Return to Gold and Impending Entry into the EMS: Expectations, Joining Conditions and Credibility

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  • Sutherland, Alan

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In this paper the surprising conclusion of Smith and Smith (1990) that the prospect of Britain's return to Gold in 1925 had the effect of weakening sterling is subjected to critical analysis. It is shown that this conclusion is reversed when the trend in the UK money stock prior to joining the Gold Standard is treated as endogenous; and when nonstationary solutions are considered. It is further suggested that a more realistic interpretation of events must involve the use of a model with price inertia. The final section of the paper considers the major difference between the UK's return to Gold and its impending entry into the EMS, namely the current lack of credibility attached to an exchange rate peg for sterling.

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  • Miller, Marcus & Sutherland, Alan, 1990. "Britain's Return to Gold and Impending Entry into the EMS: Expectations, Joining Conditions and Credibility," Economic Research Papers 268481, University of Warwick - Department of Economics.
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    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.268481
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    1. Buiter, W.H. & Pesenti, P.A., 1990. "Rational Speculation Bubbles In Exchange Rate Target Zone," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 370, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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