Sustaining Fixed Exchange Rates : A Model with Debt and Institutions

Author/Editor:

Alexander Pitt

Publication Date:

March 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Fixed exchange rate regimes have come into disrepute, as their defense has become all but impossible. Yet, while a determined attack on a currency cannot be prevented or, ultimately, withstood, policies can reduce the vulnerability of a country to such attacks. The paper develops an analytical framework of costs and benefits of a fixed exchange rate, based on the ability of a developing country to meet its external obligations while achieving a maximum rate of long-term output growth. The focus is on how structural policies and institutions influence the degree of dependence of a country on a fixed exchange rate regime.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/27

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451844528/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0272001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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