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Three Perspectives on the Bretton Woods System

Barry Eichengreen

NBER Working Paper No. 4141
Issued in August 1992
NBER Program(s):   IFM

The twenty years that have passed since the collapse of the Bretton Woods System provide sufficient distance to safely assess the operation of the post-World War II international monetary system. This paper considers the history and historiography of Bretton Woods from three perspectives. First, I ask how the questions posed today about the operation of Bretton Woods differ from those asked twenty years ago. Second, I explore how today's answers to familiar questions differ from the answers offered in the past. Third, I examine the implications of Bretton Woods experience for international monetary reform.

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  • Barry Eichengreen, 1993. "Epilogue: Three Perspectives on the Bretton Woods System," NBER Chapters, in: A Retrospective on the Bretton Woods System: Lessons for International Monetary Reform, pages 621-658 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. ,
  • Retrospective on the Bretton Woods System Eds. Michael Bordo and Barry Eichengreen UCP 1993

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