[Publisher:] Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW) [Place:] Kiel [Year:] 1987
Kiel Working Paper No. 304
After World War II, all industrial countries have reached a level of prosperity unprecedented in history; many developing countries and several socialist countries have experienced notable economic growth too. The post-war multilateral trading and monetary systems have been singled out by politicians, businessmen and academic economists as main institutional pillars for these achievements; they permitted positive net effects on resource allocation, economies of scale, international capital movements and the transfer of technology.