Targeting the Real Exchange Rate : Theory and Evidence

Author/Editor:

Carlos A. Végh Gramont ; Carmen Reinhart ; Guillermo Calvo

Publication Date:

February 1, 1994

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Summary:

This paper presents a theoretical and empirical analysis of policies aimed at setting a more depreciated level of the real exchange rate. An intertemporal optimizing model suggests that, in the absence of changes in fiscal policy, a more depreciated level of the real exchange can only be attained temporarily. This can be achieved by means of higher inflation and/or higher real interest rates, depending on the degree of capital mobility. Evidence for Brazil, Chile, and Colombia supports the model’s prediction that undervalued real exchange rates are associated with higher inflation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/22

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451921212/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0221994

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

50

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