Financial Versus Monetary Mercantilism : Long-Run View of Large International Reserves Hoarding

Author/Editor:

Jaewoo Lee ; Joshua Aizenman

Publication Date:

December 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The sizable hoarding of international reserves by several East Asian countries has been frequently attributed to a modern version of monetary mercantilism-hoarding international reserves in order to improve competitiveness. From a long-run perspective, manufacturing exporters in East Asia adopted financial mercantilism-subsidizing the cost of capital- during decades of high growth. They switched to hoarding large international reserves when growth faltered, making it harder to disentangle the monetary mercantilism from a precautionary response to the heritage of past financial mercantilism. Monetary mercantilism also lowers the cost of hoarding through its short-term boost to external competitiveness, but may be associated with negative externalities leading to competitive hoarding.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/280

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451865400/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006280

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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