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Canada and the Gold Standard
Balance of Payments Adjustment under Fixed Exchange Rates, 1871–1913

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Part of Studies in Macroeconomic History

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617062

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  • In this reexamination of Canada's balance of payments experience under the gold standard, the authors develop and empirically test a new portfolio approach to the mechanism of balance of payments adjustment. This adjustment mechanism responded to massive inflows of foreign capital during a critical period of Canada's economic growth in the early years of this century. The authors show that the existence of international mobility of capital requires a fundamental revision of the price-specie-flow theory that has traditionally been used to explain adjustment when the balance of payments was more nearly dominated by the balance of trade. The approach Professors Dick and Floyd take not only answers the critics of Jacob Viner, who first explored the Canadian case after 1900, but also offers a new perspective on how the gold standard in general actually worked. The authors apply standard elementary economic principles to this working of the balance of payments under the gold standard, making this book useful reading for those studying intermediate and upper level economics, especially in the field of international finance.

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    "Dick and Floyd, two respected economists, have written an interesting and challenging interpretation of how the Canadian economy functioned under the gold standard during a period of massive capital flows as much as they reflect risk differences between imperfect security substitutes in the world's money markets...A must acquisition for any collection on international capital theory, international economics, or general economic theory." Choice

    "...consitiutes an important and provocative analysis of the Canadian adjustment process under the gold standard." Georg Rich, Journal of Economic History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617062
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    1. Introduction
    2. The standard neoclassical specie-flow mechanism
    3. A new view of gold standard adjustment
    4. An empirical overview
    5. Statistical tests of goods and asset market adjustments
    6. Evidence on the process of balance-of-payments adjustment
    7. Some further evidence on structure and timing
    8. 'Canada's balance': Viner and his critics
    9. The theoretical implications of capital mobility
    10. 'Canada's balance of indebtedness': reinterpretating the historical evidence
    11. Conclusions. How the gold standard worked

  • Authors

    Trevor J. O. Dick, University of Lethbridge, Alberta

    John E. Floyd, University of Toronto

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