Comments on Laidler and Sumner and Zis

  • Geoffrey E. J. Dennis


Through the use of alternative approaches these two papers come to different conclusions on the fixed versus floating exchange rate debate in 1980. Laidler presents a pragmatic and persuasive case for floating rates without stating the positive merits of the fixed rate alternative, while Sumner and Zis present a useful survey of the theoretical literature on the relationships between exchange rates and inflation, and by rectifying certain faults of the literature conclude that floating rates exhibit an inflation bias.


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