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April 2008The "Thin Film Of Gold": Monetary Rules and Policy Credibility In Developing Countries
with Moritz Schularick: w13918
This paper asks whether developing countries can reap credibility gains from submitting policy to a strict monetary rule. Following earlier work, we look at the gold standard era (1880-1914) as a "natural experiment" to test whether adoption of a rule-based monetary framework such as the gold standard increased policy credibility. On the basis of the largest possible dataset covering almost sixty independent and colonial borrowers in the London market, we challenge the traditional view that gold standard adherence worked as a credible commitment mechanism that was rewarded by financial markets with lower borrowing costs. We demonstrate that in the poor periphery -- where policy credibility is a particularly acute problem -- the market looked behind "the thin film of gold". Our results poin...

Published: European Review of Economic History (2012) 16 (4): 384-407. doi: 10.1093/ereh/hes006 First published online: October 19, 2012

January 2003Globalization in Interdisciplinary Perspective. A Panel
with Clive Crook, Gerardo della Paolera, Anne O. Krueger, Ronald Rogowski
in Globalization in Historical Perspective, Michael D. Bordo, Alan M. Taylor and Jeffrey G. Williamson, editors

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