February 17th, 2005

Attention, economists (and librarians): in search of historical foreign exchange dataset.

I'm doing some research into historical exchange rates, going back to the late '70s/early '80s (before the Plaza and Louvre Accords). I've found some very useful data in the
World Currency Monitor Annual
, 1976-1989: U.S. Dollar : The Value of the U.S. Dollar in Foreign Terms by Emanuel Frenkel. (ISBN: 0887365426) It lists weekly rates for a whole host of currencies, right back to January 1976.

The problem is that the data's on dead trees. It would be ever so much more useful if it were in some kind of dataset. Any economists or librarians out there know if it is? I have no slaves...er, graduate students to do the data entry from the book, and in any case that kind of data entry is prone to error.

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Anyway, pointers very welcome. Thanks in advance.

(Aaargh. This is my second attempt at a posting because LJ ate the last one because it complained I was posting with a backdated timestamp. Fuckers.)
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