International Reserves in Low Income Countries : Have they Served As Buffers?

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

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Summary:

This paper provides a historical perspective on the role of international reserves in low-income countries as a cushion against large external shocks over the last three decades - including the current global crisis. The results suggest that international reserves have played a role in buffering external shocks, with the resulting macroeconomic costs varying with the nature of the shock, the economy's structural characteristics, and the level of reserves.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/7

Subject:

Frequency:

Quarterly

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463930561/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012007

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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