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Bretton-Woods systems, old and new, and the rotation of exchange-rate regimes

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  • Stephen Hall

    (Leicester University)

  • George Hondroyiannis

    (Bank of Greece and Harokopio University)

  • P.A.V.B Swamy

    (Federal Reserve Board (retired))

  • George Tavlas

    (Bank of Greece)

Abstract

A recent contribution to the literature argues that the present international monetary system in many ways operates like the Bretton-Woods system. Asia is the new periphery of the system and pursues an export-led development strategy based on undervalued exchange rates and accumulated foreign reserves. The United States remains the centre country, pursuing a monetary-policy strategy that overlooks the exchange rate. Under both regimes the United States does not take external factors into account in conducting monetary policy while the periphery does take external factors into account. We provide results of a test of this hypothesis. Then, we present a new method for decomposition of a seasonally adjusted series the business cycle and other components using a time-varying-coefficient technique that allows us to test the relationship between the cycle and macroeconomic policies under both regimes.

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  • Stephen Hall & George Hondroyiannis & P.A.V.B Swamy & George Tavlas, 2010. "Bretton-Woods systems, old and new, and the rotation of exchange-rate regimes," Working Papers 112, Bank of Greece.
  • Handle: RePEc:bog:wpaper:112
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    1. Dariusz Urban, 2011. "Macroeconomic Considerations and Motives of Sovereign Wealth Funds Activity," Contemporary Economics, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, vol. 5(2), June.
    2. Hoang, Thi Hong Van & Lahiani, Amine & Heller, David, 2016. "Is gold a hedge against inflation? New evidence from a nonlinear ARDL approach," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 54-66.

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    Keywords

    Revived Bretton-Woods system; asymmetry hypothesis; time-series; decomposition; time-varying-coefficient estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions

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