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International Monetary Cooperation.

International Monetary Cooperation

C. Fred Bergsten & Russell A. Green, editors

Peterson Institute for International Economics

1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036

9780881327113, $23.95, PB, 312pp,

The issue of countries artificially manipulating the value of their currencies is at the center of most debates about trade in the United States today. Critics of liberalizing trade have charged, for example, that China has suppressed the value of its currency in order to make its exports cheaper and imports more expensive. Thirty years ago, however, the Reagan administration confronted Japan with the same accusation. Then in a secret meeting in 1985, finance ministers from the United States, Japan and three other major economies in the world gathered in New York City at the Plaza Hotel in an effort to resolve a crisis caused by that criticism. The Plaza Accord coordinated exchange rates among the countries present, in turn depreciating the dollar and restoring some equity to the global market. Was that meeting a success? Or did it usher in 30 years of tensions that have hurt, rather than helped, the cause of improved trade? In late 2015, policymakers and academics held a Plaza Retrospective conference in Houston to evaluate the accord's successes and drawbacks, and how its collaborative spirit can be applied to today's increasingly integrated world economy. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Fred Bersten and Russell Green, "International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years) features analytical contributions by former Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker, along with several others. Both informative and thought-provoking, "International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years" is especially commended and a critically important addition to professional, governmental, and academic library Contemporary Economics reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that 'International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).

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Title Annotation:International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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