China's Role in the Revived Bretton Woods System: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Working Paper
05-2
March 2005

According to a popular argument put forward by three Deutsche Bank economists (Dooley, Folkerts-Landau, and Garber, hereafter DFG), one needn’t worry about the sustainability of either the large US current account deficit or the undervalued exchange rates of a group of Asian economies (Dooley, Folkerts-Landau, and Garber 2003, 2004a, 2004b, 2004c; Folkerts-Landau 2004). In their view, the United States and the Asian economies have entered into an implicit contract—the so-called revived Bretton Woods system (hereafter BW2)—that can comfortably carry on for another decade or two, with significant net benefits to both parties.

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Morris Goldstein Former Research Staff
Nicholas R. Lardy Senior Research Staff