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The International Monetary System: Developments and Prospects

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  • Jacob A. Frenkel
  • Morris Goldstein

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This paper addresses several fundamental issues raised by recent developments in the world economy and considers their implications for the design and functioning of the international monetary system. We do not make any proposals. The four issues examined in the paper are: (1) Can the exchange rate regime do much to discipline fiscal policy?; (2) What are the extent and costs of reduced monetary independence under greater fixity of exchange rates?; (3) How can the equilibrium exchange rate best be determined?; (4) Does a well functioning international monetary system require a clearly defined set of rules, an acknowledged leader, and an explicit anchor?

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  • Jacob A. Frenkel & Morris Goldstein, 1988. "The International Monetary System: Developments and Prospects," NBER Working Papers 2648, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Chowdhury, Mohammad Tarequl Hasan & Bhattacharya, Prasad Sankar & Mallick, Debdulal & Ulubaşoğlu, Mehmet Ali, 2016. "Exchange rate regimes and fiscal discipline: The role of trade openness," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 106-128.
    2. Weber, A.A., 1988. "The credibility of monetary policies, policymakers' reputation and the EMS-hypothesis : Empirical evidence from 13 countries," Discussion Paper 1988-3, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    3. Mervyn K. Lewis, 1993. "International Financial Deregulation, Trade, and Exchange Rates," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 13(2), pages 243-277, Winter.
    4. Chien Nan Wang, 1990. "On the choice of the exchange-rate regimes," Working Papers (Old Series) 9002, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, revised 1990.

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