Exchange-Rate-Based Stabilization : A Critical Look at the Stylized Facts

Author/Editor:

A. Javier Hamann

Publication Date:

October 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Do exchange-rate-based stabilizations generate distinctive economic dynamics? To address this question, this paper identifies stabilization episodes using criteria that differ from those in previous empirical studies of exchange-rate-based stabilizations. We find that, while some differences can be detected between exchange-rate-based stabilizations and stabilizations where the exchange rate is not the anchor, the behavior of important variables does not appear to differ—especially output growth, which is good in both cases. There is also no evidence that fiscal discipline is enhanced by adopting an exchange-rate anchor, or that there are any systematic differences in the success records of stabilizations that use the exchange rate as a nominal anchor and those that do not.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/132

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451855364/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1321999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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