America's Interest in Dollarization

Benjamin J. Cohen

in Monetary Unions and Hard Pegs

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271405
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601200 | DOI:
 America's Interest in Dollarization

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This chapter examines the US interest in dollarization. Formal adoption of the US dollar by other governments creates both opportunities and risks for the United States, political as well as economic. But few benefits and costs can be estimated in advance, leaving much room for disagreement over the likely balance of costs and benefits. The argument here is that, from the US point of view, no presumption either way can be established. Unless directly challenged by efforts elsewhere to establish formal currency blocs, the United States has no interest in promoting a wider role for the greenback.

Keywords: client capture; currency hegemony; dollar diplomacy; dollarization; political economy of the dollar; US interest

Chapter.  5977 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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