Article "Central Bank Cooperation and Lending of Last Resort in the Scandinavian Monetary Union"
Artiklen är skriven av Anders Ögren vid Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen, tillsammans med Hans-Michael Trautwein vid The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Artikeln är publicerad i Economic History Yearbook.
The functioning of multi-nation monetary unions with several central banks is conditioned by many factors and considerations, such as the capacity to deal with crises, the political will and operational skill to foster financial integration and to develop a mix of rules and discretion in the cooperation between the central banks. The Scandinavian monetary union (SMU) between 1873 and 1931 is a case in point for illustrating the importance of these factors and considerations. We examine the policies implemented in the Scandinavian countries to deal with asymmetries of payments flows and with financial crises at three levels: in an account of major crises that required lending of last resort, in a study of the clearing and settlement mechanism established in the union, and in a survey of contemporary economists’ views on lending of last resort and cooperation in the SMU.