Does Monetary Policy Stabilize the Exchange Rate Following a Currency Crisis?

Author/Editor:

Ilan Goldfajn ; Poonam Gupta

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper provides evidence on the relationship between monetary policy and the exchange rate in the aftermath of currency crises. It analyzes a large data set of currency crises in 80 countries for the period 1980-98. The main question addressed is: Can monetary policy increase the probability of reversing a postcrisis undervaluation through nominal appreciation rather than higher inflation? We find that tight monetary policy facilitates the reversal of currency undervaluation through nominal appreciation. When the economy also faces a banking crisis, the results are not robust: depending on the specification, tight monetary policies may not have the same effect.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/42

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846195/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0421999

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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