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The Substitution Account as a First Step Toward Reform of the International Monetary System

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  • Peter B. Kenen

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The creation of a substitution account might be costly to the United States, but the cost could be greatly reduced by adopting a cost-sharing regime or assessing an annual fee on depositors. The United States also must consider the effect of reserve currency diversification by central banks that now hold larger dollar reserves than they need to cope with balance-of-payment problems. Large-scale diversification could cause extremely disorderly depreciation of the dollar. To avoid this, Kenen recommends revisiting the potential costs and benefits of a substitution account lodged in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which could act as a barrier against further development of a multi-currency reserve system.

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  • Peter B. Kenen, 2010. "The Substitution Account as a First Step Toward Reform of the International Monetary System," Policy Briefs PB10-6, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:iie:pbrief:pb10-6
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    1. Jeanne, Olivier, 2012. "The dollar and its discontents," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 1976-1989.
    2. Ousmène Mandeng, 2011. "International Reserve Diversification," Ensayos Económicos, Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department, vol. 1(61-62), pages 75-102, January -.
    3. Kenen, Peter B., 2013. "Reprint of: Beyond the dollar," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 440-448.
    4. Peter B., Kenen, 2011. "Beyond the dollar," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 33(5), pages 750-758, September.

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