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Credible Commitment and Exchange Rate Stability: Canada's Interwar Experience

Michael Bordo () and Angela Redish ()

Canadian Journal of Economics, 1990, vol. 23, issue 2, 357-80

Abstract: In 1929, the Canadian government floated the exchange rate, which stayed at parity with sterling until 1931, when the Canadian dollar appreciated with respect to sterling and depreciated with respect to the U.S. dollar. This paper uses Robert J. Barro and David B. Gordon's reputation theory to explain the stability of the Canadian dollar before 1931 and the subsequent depreciation/appreciation. Econometric analysis is then used to support the argument that between 1931 and 1933 the level of the exchange rate was determined by expectations of a return to parity with either sterling or the U.S. dollar.

Date: 1990
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