The Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves : Retrospect and Prospect

Author/Editor:

Barry J. Eichengreen ; Donald J Mathieson

Publication Date:

July 1, 2000

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Summary:

This paper examines the determinants of the currency composition of international reserves. Our single most important finding is the striking stability over time of the relationship between the demand for reserves denominated in different currencies and its principal determinants: trade flows, financial flows and currency pegs. This result contrasts sharply with recent predictions of sharp shifts in the currency composition of central banks’ holdings of foreign exchange. The message would seem to be that in this, as in other respects, the international monetary system is in a mode of gradual, continuous evolution, not of rapid, discontinuous change.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/131

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451855272/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1312000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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