Monetary Policies for Developing Countries : The Role of Corruption

Author/Editor:

Haizhou Huang ; Shang-Jin Wei

Publication Date:

September 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the role of corruption in the design of monetary policies for developing countries in a framework of fiscal and monetary interaction and obtains several interesting results. First, pegged exchange rates, currency boards, or dollarization, while often prescribed as a solution to the problem of a lack of credibility for developing countries, is typically not credible in countries with serious corruption. Second, the optimal degree of conservatism for a Rogoff (1985)-type central banker is an inverse function of the corruption level. Third, either an optimally designed inflation target or an optimal-conservative central banker is preferable to an exchange rate peg, currency board, or dollarization.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/183

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859331/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1832003

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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