Self-Fulfilling Risk Predictions : An Application to Speculative Attacks

Author/Editor:

Robert P Flood ; Nancy P. Marion

Publication Date:

August 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper shows that changing market beliefs about currency risk can generate a self-fulfilling speculative attack on a fixed exchange rate. The attack does not require a later change in policies to make it profitable. This is illustrated by introducing an endogenous risk premium into a “first-generation model” of a speculative attack. The model is further modified to take account of sterilization, debt-financed fiscal deficits, and anticipatory price-setting behavior. The model is used to interpret the 1994 Mexican peso crisis.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/124

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854695/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1241998

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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