Post-Crisis Exchange Rate Policy in Five Asian Countries : Filling in the "Hollow Middle"?

Author/Editor:

Leonardo Hernández ; Peter J Montiel

Publication Date:

November 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Following the 1997-98 financial turmoil, crisis countries in Asia moved toward either floating or fixed exchange rate systems, reinforcing the bipolar view of exchange rate regimes and the "hollow middle" hypothesis. But some academics have claimed that the crisis countries' policies have been similar in the post- and pre-crisis periods. This paper analyzes the evidence and concludes that, except for Malaysia, which adopted a hard peg and imposed capital controls, the other crisis countries are floating more than before, though less than "real" floaters do. Further, the crisis countries' policies during the post-crisis period can be justified on second-best arguments.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/170

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858426/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1702001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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