Monday, 26 November 2007

Dollar’s last lap as the only anchor currency

It has been one of the most influential theories about exchange rates in the age of globalisation and it may be about to go up in smoke.

In 2003, the economists Michael Dooley, David Folkerts-Landau and Peter Garber* proposed what has since been known as the Bretton Woods II theory. The idea is based on the observation that newly industrialised countries peg their currencies to the dollar at an undervalued exchange rate in pursuit of export-led growth. In return, they reinvest their loot back into the US, which acts as an anchor and consumer of last resort.

Click here for the Financial Times article

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