The Theorem of Interest (Le Théorème De L'Intérêt)

42 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2009

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Bernard Schmitt

Research Laboratory of Monetary Economics (RME Lab), CSB (Deceased)

Date Written: June 2, 2009

Abstract

This paper shows that, in the present non-system of international payments, the indebted countries serve interest twice over. Once net interests have been financed in their entirety by trade and financial surpluses, indebted countries suffer furthermore the loss of an equal measure of their international reserves. The theorem of interest is the discovery of a fundamental pathology in the domain of international payments effected by banks. Starting from the bookkeeping identity between EX and IM, the author shows that the payment of interest by each indebted country considered as a whole redoubles the payment of interest that befalls its residents.

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Keywords: External debt, Interest payment, International monetary operations, International monetary economics

JEL Classification: B59, E42, F02, F34

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Bernard, The Theorem of Interest (Le Théorème De L'Intérêt) (June 2, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1413169 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1413169

Bernard Schmitt (Contact Author)

Research Laboratory of Monetary Economics (RME Lab), CSB (Deceased)

Sweden

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