Independent Currency Authorities : An Analytic Primer

Author/Editor:

Kent Osband ; Delano Villanueva

Publication Date:

July 1, 1992

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Summary:

This paper provides an analytic overview of independent currency authorities (ICAs), sometimes called currency boards. ICAs issue and redeem domestic currency against an exchange standard on demand and back such operations through a 100 percent marginal foreign reserve cover. They also impose significant constraints on the banking system and the budget of the country that operates them. When supporting institutions have been put in place, ICAs appear to have promoted price stability, foreign trade, saving, and investment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/50

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 1993.

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846881/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0501992

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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