Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank writes:
“The system should also consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values.”
That could ignite a firestorm of controversy between economists who see a gold standard as a global stabilizer and those who see it as a job and growth-killer. What could invite more consensus is Zoellick’s call to reengineer the global financial architecture.
“The development of a monetary system to succeed ‘Bretton Woods II’ launched in 1971, will take time. But we need to begin. The scope of the changes since 1971 certainly matches those between 1945 and 1971 that prompted the shift from Bretton Woods I to II.”