Currency Crises and the Real Economy : The Role of Banks

Author/Editor:

Piti Disyatat

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper shows that the quality of banks within each country is one of the important factors that can account for the fact that developing economies tend to suffer more severe output contractions in the wake of a currency crisis than more mature economies. In particular, countries with a banking sector whose balance sheets are healthy, in terms of having high net worth and low foreign currency exposure, are much less likely to suffer a contraction in the wake of an unexpected depreciation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846843/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0492001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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