Monetary Policy in the Aftermath of Currency Crises : The Case of Asia

Author/Editor:

Taimur Baig ; Ilan Goldfajn

Publication Date:

December 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper evaluates monetary policy and its relationship with the exchange rate in five Asian crisis countries. The findings are compared with previous currency crises in recent history. The paper finds no evidence of overly tight monetary policy in the Asian crisis countries in 1997 and early 1998, nor evidence that high interest rates led to weaker exchange rates. The usual trade-off between inflation and output when raising interest rates suggested the need for a softer monetary policy in the crisis countries to combat recession. However, in some countries, corporate balance sheet considerations called for the reversal of overly depreciated currencies through firmer monetary policy.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/170

Subject:

Notes:

This paper is schedule to be presented at the University of Washington conference on the Asian crisis on December 29-30, 1998.

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858396/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1701998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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