A Model of Contagious Currency Crises with Application to Argentina

Author/Editor:

Nada Choueiri

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper proposes a model of contagious currency crises: crises transmit across countries by raising the risk premium on government bonds. Three types of equilibria can occur: a “no-collapse” equilibrium (crises never transmit from abroad); a “collapse” equilibrium (crises are inevitably contagious); or a “fundamentals” equilibrium (crises are contagious if domestic fundamentals are weak). A calibration exercise finds that the 1995 turmoil in Argentina coexisted with a combination of risk-averse investors and weak credibility in the currency board arrangement. This turmoil could only be attributed to a Tequila effect from the Mexican crisis alone if investors were excessively risk-averse.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/29

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451844788/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0291999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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