Tunisia’s Experience with Real Exchange Rate Targeting and the Transition to a Flexible Exchange Rate Regime

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

November 1, 2002

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Summary:

Over the past decade or so, Tunisia has experienced a strong economic performance while pursuing a constant real exchange rate rule (CRERR). The limitations of this rule are now beginning to emerge in the context of a more open economy, regional integration, a more market-based monetary policy, and the desire to relax capital controls. This paper explores how Tunisia avoided the pitfalls of real exchange rate targeting as predicted by the theoretical models. By estimating the equilibrium real exchange rate based on fundamental variables and assessing different measures of competitiveness, the paper finds no evidence of a misalignment in the current level of the exchange rate.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/190

Subject(s):

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859676/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1902002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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