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The Prospect of a Depreciating Dollar and Possible Tension Inside the EMS

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  • Melitz, Jacques

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The depreciation of the dollar can lead to conflict within the European Monetary System. In order to develop this theme, I assume that the preferences of German policy-makers are more strongly anti-inflationary than those of the French. This means that the depreciation of the dollar will suit the Germans better than the French. Consequently, a dilemma can arise, wherein no possible realignment can resolve the conflict between France and Germany. Only a return to the conditions of the "snake" will do. That is, France may need to accept a situation where it bears exclusive responsibility for defending the jointly determined parity. But it may not be in the interests of the French nor even, possibly, those of the Germans for France to do so.

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  • Melitz, Jacques, 1986. "The Prospect of a Depreciating Dollar and Possible Tension Inside the EMS," CEPR Discussion Papers 97, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:97
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    1. Ulrich Camen & Hans Genberg & Michael Salemi, 1991. "Asymmetric monetary policies? the case of Germany and France," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 2(3), pages 219-236, October.
    2. F. Van der Ploeg, 1992. "Coordinación de políticas macroeconómicas en las diferentes etapas de la integración económica y monetaria en Europa," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 24(03), pages 240-286.

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