Currency boards: traditional, modern and virtual

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Abstract

Currency boards are a strong form of fixed exchange rate regime where all currency on issue is fully backed by assets denominated in the anchor currency. This paper distinguishes three kinds. The traditional form originated in the 19th century and were common in colonies. While generally successful, most were replaced by central banks. Modern currency boards, notably Hong Kong, are operated by institutions resembling central banks in sophisticated financial systems. Virtual currency boards, such as Libra, are private institutions issuing a type of cryptocurrency known as ‘asset backed stablecoins’. All face a challenge from extraordinarily low interest rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Jul 2019
EventAustralian Conference of Economists - Pullman Melbourne on the Park , Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 14 Jul 201916 Jul 2019
https://www.ace2019.org.au/

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ConferenceAustralian Conference of Economists
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period14/07/1916/07/19
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    Hawkins, J. (Accepted/In press). Currency boards: traditional, modern and virtual. 1-19. Paper presented at Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne, Australia.