ARE GRAINS OF SAND IN THE WHEELS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE SUFFICIENT TO DO THE JOB WHEN BOULDERS ARE OFTEN REQUIRED?

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  • The author is grateful to John Hey and several referees for many helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of this paper.

Abstract

This paper criticises the effectiveness of a Tobin tax in acting as a deterrent to short-run round trip speculation on exchange rate movements. It is demonstrated that given the usual magnitude of a proposed Tobin tax, the deterrent to short-term speculation will be negligible and in all likelihood smaller than the deterrent to real trade flows and arbitrage activities. Finally, an alternative proposal for preventing currency speculations while creating incentives for global full employment, based on Keynes's 1940s writings, is proposed.

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