International Reserve Adequacy in the Gambia

Author/Editor:

Eugen Tereanu

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper applies intertemporal models of precautionary saving to compute an optimal level of international reserves for The Gambia. The analysis focuses on current account shocks specific to a low-income economy with a significant import component and complements a more standard, rule-of-thumb reserve adequacy assessment. The results suggest a central range from 4.5 months to 7 months of imports, which is broadly aligned with the recent actual coverage. Notwithstanding parameter sensitivity, the simulations allow for more informed policy decisions that balance flexibility with a prudent approach to reserve use.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/215

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455208807/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010215

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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