Currency Crises and Foreign Reserves : A Simple Model

Author/Editor:

Piti Disyatat

Publication Date:

February 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper addresses the important question of how far a government will run down its stock of foreign reserves in a defense of a fixed exchange rate. An optimizing model of currency crisis is presented in which the decision of whether or not to borrow in a defense of a peg is explicitly analyzed. The threshold level of reserves is then determined endogenously and shown to be a function of fundamental economic variables. The analysis also demonstrates how an increase in the level of reserves, a credit-rating upgrade, or the imposition of capital controls can remove the multiplicity of equilibria.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/18

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451843644/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0182001

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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