Money, Capital Mobility, and Trade: Essays in Honor of Robert A. Mundell

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Written by Robert Mundell's academic descendants, as well as other leading economists and scholars, the essays in this volume reflect Mundell's broad influence on modern open-economy macroeconomics. The topics include the vicissitudes of gold in the international system, choice of exchange rate regime, post-World War II European monetary reform, banking crises in emerging markets, speculative attacks on fixed exchange rates, monetary policy rules, interactions between economists and policy makers over macrostabilization and structural microeconomic issues, the connection between international factor mobility and trade, the Mundell-Fleming open-economy macro model, the quantitative implications of general-equilibrium sticky price models, the international roles of the euro and yen, and the employment effects of import tariffs.

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Guillermo A. Calvo is Distinguished University Professor and the Director of the Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland. Since 2001 he has served as Chief Economist and Manager of the Research Department at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is the author of Money, Exchange Rates, and Output (MIT Press, 1996).

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[A]n evocative appreciation of birds, birdsong, and human attempts to capture the words of birds in music and poetry. Aaaaw to Zzzzzd belongs in the bird lover's backpack and on the word lover's bedside table, an unexpected and sui generis pleasure.

(Northeastern Naturalist)

This book is so much more than just a list of bird sounds...[It] provides an interesting overview of how humans have attempted to represent birdsong over the centuries.

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A charming, funny, and eccentric book.

(Times Literary Supplement)

A lexicography of surprise, subtlety, and sheer delight, Aaaaw to Zzzzzd shapes bird sound into comprehensive fabrics of sumptuous articulation.

(John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University)

But once the walk is clear and you're inside and warming up with a cup of hot chocolate, you can get a foretaste of spring with a peculiarly charming book from MIT Press: Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds... Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds does what we hope all books will do (and which not all manage to accomplish): it opens a window on a world that has been right alongside us, yet unexplored, and gives us the vocabulary to understand and discuss it with a newly awakened appreciation for its wonders.

(Erin McKean Boston Globe "Ideas")

Aaaaw to Zzzzzd is a miraculous little book: a compressed encyclopedia of our fascination with avifauna.

(Ange Mlinko The Nation)

Every bird lover should possess a copy of this book, but so should every bird. Both will learn the names we have for one another, and enjoy the gossip of our garden. Now, when you hear a call, you'll know who is on the line, and when you hear a song, why whee-oo wheet, and the same to you, my sweet.

(William Gass)

Mr. Bevis compares his experience of hearing the sound of birds, 'unhindered in its rawness and potency,' to the way he hears the Lieder of Schubert and Schumann in German, a language that he does not speak but that still communicates to him in some unquantifiable way. 'We cannot ground the emotions we hear in any birdland rationality,' he asserts. What birds give us is -- as Shelley wrote in 'To a Skylark' -- 'profuse strains of unpremeditated art.

(Alexander Theroux Wall Street Journal)

This gorgeous little book is a lexicon of bird words, the most plausible notation of sounds that often have dozens of phonic interpretations...This book is an elegant tribute to the beauty of its subject.

(Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times)

This is a most unusual compilation, surely a labor of love, in which the author, John Bevis, has heroically tried to catalogue in one alphabetical sequence all the weird and wonderful ways we have tried to represent bird songs and calls in words, ranging from the unpronounceable kdddrrddi of the summer tanager to the unforgettable witchity, witchity, witchity, witch of the common yellowthroat. But for me the most interesting parts are the sections before and after the catalogue where he discusses more generally the human response to bird song: the ingenious ways we have recorded and imitated it, the ways we have celebrated it in literature and music, and the ways we might properly compare it with our own language and song.

(Jeremy Mynott, author of Birdscapes)

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