Currency Cooperation in East Asia

  • Frank Rövekamp
  • Hanns Günther Hilpert

Part of the Financial and Monetary Policy Studies book series (FMPS, volume 38)

About this book


This book explores the opportunities and limits of currency cooperation in East Asia. Currency issues play an important role in the region. The Asian crisis of the late 90s was rooted in deficient currency arrangements. The Chinese RMB is not freely convertible yet, but policymakers in China nevertheless aim for a more international role of the Chinese currency. The recent change of direction in Japanese monetary policy caused a drastic depreciation of the Yen and led to warnings against a possible “currency war”, thus demonstrating that currency issues can also easily lead to political frictions. Most trade in and with the East Asian zone on the other hand is still conducted in US $. Against this background different modes of currency cooperation serve the goal of smoothing exchange rate fluctuations and capital flows. They are an important element to promote financial stability and to reduce the transaction cost for foreign trade or investment. The contributions of this book analyze the environment and design of currency cooperation in East Asia and their effects from a macro-and microeconomic viewpoint.


Currency cooperation Currency reserves Currency swaps Exchange rate stabilization Financial stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Rövekamp
    • 1
  • Hanns Günther Hilpert
    • 2
  1. 1.East Asia InstituteHochschule LudwigshafenLudwigshafenGermany
  2. 2.German Institute for Int. and Sec. Aff.Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03061-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03062-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-8580
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1889
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