Es senior fellow y director de economía internacional en el Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores en Nueva York, un poderoso lobby de la política exterior estadounidense. Editor fundador del diario International Finance, fue también director del Programa de Economía Internacional en el Royal Institute of International Affairs en Londres.
Se licenció en economía en la Escuela de Negocios Wharton de la Universidad de Pensilvania y posee un doctorado por el Nuffield College de Oxford. Colabora habitualmente en The Wall Street Journal y en el Financial Times. Su libro anterior, Money, markets and Sovereignity recibió el premio Hayek Book en 2010.
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The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, by Benn Steil
The July 1944 meeting of representatives from some forty-four countries in New Hampshire laid the foundations of the postwar economic system for years to come. In his deeply researched account, Steil focuses on John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White, showing their ideas and personalities, but also delving into the Anglo-American geopolitical rivalry and laying out White's engagement with Soviet intelligence.
After World War 2, it was clear the world needed a new financial system and as such, 44 countries sent delegates to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to work on just that.
The Bretton Woods system lasted from 1944 to 1971, when Nixon ended it and thereby put the final nail in the coffin of not just the Bretton Woods monetary system but also to gold's monetary role.
Benn Steil recounts fight between Keynes and White including Keynes's antisemitism and haughty demeanor.
Bretton Woods Then and Now
Conferencia en Universidad Dormuth
When turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, statesmen invariably call for "a new Bretton Woods" to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The very name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of 44 nations gathered in July 1944, has become shorthand for enlightened globalization. The actual story surrounding the historic Bretton Woods accords, however, is full of startling drama, intrigue, and rivalry. Benn Steil will bring the saga to life, and talk about some of its lessons for understanding today's central economic issues.