“Eichengreen’s purpose is to provide a brief history of the international monetary system. In this, he succeeds magnificently. Globalizing Capital will become a. Globalizing Capital: A History of the. International Monetary A major theme of Barry Eichengreen’s accessible history of the internationa etary system since. Eichengreen, B.: Globalizing Capital: a. System. IX, pp. Princeton Univer. US $ Barry Eichengreen at his best: his lat international monetary system.

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His book, Globalizing Capital: Approximately as dense as the point which expanded into the big bang, but very informative. He is the recipient of a doctor honoris causa from the American University in Paris, and the recipient of the Schumpeter Prize from the International Schumpeter Society. General, International, or Comparative Time Period s: If you’re at all interest in the international monetary globa,izing I highly recommend this book.

Globalizing Capital

Big economies could tolerate changes in the exchange rate, like the United States. Thus, the gold standard led to artificially contracting the economy, which harmed many groups in it.

But that openness is itself to some extent at least a matter of policy.

Twentieth-century voters might never have developed a taste for accommodative monetary policies had non-democratic governments of previous centuries not set a precedent for such policies by reshaping monetary arrangements to serve their own fiscal ends.

Levels of international trade grew to unprecedented levels, in proportion and in scale.

Businesses, due to the higher interest rates, would be unable to earn credit and debtors have to pay more interest on their loans. I wish some of these things had just been explained briefly; obviously, a technical audience would not have found that necessary, but for me a little bit of that would have made the preponderance of examples go a lot farther. I initially shelved this to read on the hoped-for assumption that it was a more ambitious book than it is. Nov 05, Nick Geiser rated it it was amazing Shelves: George Bell and Sons,pp.


The Euro experiment and how we don’t know yet if it’s going to work is also an interesting case study, but the author also points out the advantages of the European currency and why it became an alternative to the Dollar so fast. The last section of the book discusses the current, free-floating and uncoordinated system of free trade and fast finance.

In this, he succeeds magnificently. I lean toward those explanations in general but had never heard one applied to this question. So this book was provided free of charge. In this, he succeeds magnificently.

Globalizing Capital is intended not only for economists but also for a general audience of historians, political scientists, professionals in government and business, and anyone with a broad interest in international economic and political relations. Eichengreen also tends, in my view, to overstate the extent to which democratic nations must rely upon accommodative central globaalizing policies, unhindered by fixed exchange rates, to avoid financial and macroeconomic turmoil.

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System by Barry Eichengreen

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Kudos to Barclay’s for educating their clients. Then gold would flow back out if people can’t afford it. Overall, it seems gobalizing there is no ultimately effective way to avoid large fluctuations in currency value.

Barry Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital

Pardee sichengreen Helen N. A History of the International Monetary Systemsupplies a negative answer. Fortuitously, I ended up actually eichdngreen it because the narrow subject matter it does tackle is something I needed to learn about for another project. Volker RittbergerBernhard Zangl No preview available – Excellent book for Monetary Economy fans. The implication seems undeniable: Preview — Globalizing Capital eichdngreen Barry Eichengreen.


The voters may well favor demand-management approaches to structural alternatives for avoiding financial instability; but this preference has more to do with special-interest politics standing in the way of desirable structural reforms than with sound economic theory. It has become increasingly apparent that one cannot understand the international economy without knowing how its monetary system operates.

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System

One side of sichengreen more or less make sense to me. Brad rated it really liked it Jul 15, Even for those who are familiar with macroeconomics and monetary policies, this book is a deep, slow read.

On the other hand, governments apparently valued their past reputation more than investors actually cared about. Today pegging exchange rates would require very radical reforms of a sort that governments are understandably reluctant to embrace.

This was also concurrent with advances in transportation and communication, like steam power and the telegraph. Very recommended if you acpital to learn about this important topic.

The Great Depression put a stake in its heart, as Hoover-style policies to maintain it by raising interest rates only worsened economic conditions.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The United States very nearly got off it in the s due to popular pressure.