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The Economics of Common Currencies (Collected Works of Harry Johnson) by Alexander K. Swoboda, Harry G. Johnson

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Chapter 17

THE OPTIMAL RATE OF DEVALUATION*

RUBEN ALMONACID

Vanderbilt University and Universidade de São Paulo

MANUEL GUITIAN

International Monetary Fund

Illegal price rises in France since devaluation.

New York Times, p. 1 said in a report from Paris that almost a quarter of the retail stores visited by French government inspectors have raised their prices illegally since the devaluation of the franc two weeks ago. This finding by the Ministry of Finance has caused indignation and has contributed to the scepticism surrounding efforts to redress France’s external finances, the paper said.’

IMF, Morning Press (August 22, 1969)

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