Currency competition and foreign exchange markets by Philipp Hartmann

By Philipp Hartmann

Foreign money pageant and foreign currency Markets is an important new theoretical and empirical learn of overseas currencies that specializes in the position the Euro (the destiny eu foreign money) will play within the foreign financial and monetary method, besides the USA greenback and the japanese yen. not like a lot of the present literature that methods the topic from a macroeconomic point of view, Philipp Hartmann develops a theoretical version that makes use of online game conception, time sequence and panel econometrics, and hyperlinks monetary markets research with transaction expense economics. the consequences are offered near to political, old and institutional concerns, and supply obtainable solutions to coverage makers, enterprise humans and students around the globe.

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Hence, even if the fundamental trade and capital ¯ows begin to favour another currency, the incumbent dominating currency in such a framework may prevail for a long time. However, if very large shocks (on fundamentals or expectations) hit 24 Currency competition and foreign exchange markets the system, producing a lock-out from the prevailing equilibrium, there can be a dramatic transition to a new vehicle currency, since once the lock-out has taken place the network externalities will result, at least in theory, in a dynamic favouring the rising currency and discriminating at increasing speed against the declining currency.

As indicated above, post-war dominance of the dollar was not complete. The British currency continued to be more important in the sterling zone. Moreover, the establishment of a franc zone between France and its former colonies in 1939 and the issue of the franc CFA 29 30 Since these long transitions from one dominant international currency to another, long after the fundamental economic power of the issuing country has ceased, seem to be a general feature of world economic history, the theoretical chapter 4 offers explanations for this phenomenon.

McCauley (1997, table 6) reports the DEM shares in the baskets of several Central and Eastern European pegs. National and international money 35 example). As has been pointed out above, the dollar had by-passed sterling in terms of shares of total global foreign exchange reserve holdings by central banks some time during the 1950s, and it has since never lost its status as the most important reserve currency. However, after the switch to general ¯oating among industrial countries in 1973 a decline of the dollar share in of®cial reserve holdings from around 79 per cent in 1975 to around 56 per cent in 1990 has been observed (Polak, 1992).

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