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Exchange Rates in the Periphery and International Adjustment Under the Gold Standard

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  • Luis Catão
  • Solomos Solomou

The role of exchange rate flexibility in the periphery of the gold standard has been grossly overlooked. This paper builds a new dataset on trade-weighed exchange rates for the period 1870-1913 and finds that large currency movements in periphery countries operating inconvertible paper-money and silver-standard regimes induced major fluctuations in effective exchange rates worldwide. We relate the phenomenon to the international trade structure at the time and show that such currency fluctuations had powerful effects on trade flows. We conclude that nominal exchange rate flexibility in the periphery was an important ingredient of international payments adjustment under the gold standard.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 03/41.

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Length: 37
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2003
Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:03/41
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