Financial De-Dollarization : Is it for Real?

Author/Editor:

Eduardo Levy Yeyati ; Alain Ize

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

De facto (unofficial) dollarization, defined as the holding by residents of assets and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency, is a policy concern in an increasing number of developing economies. This paper addresses the dollarization debate from this perspective, with the goal of setting the stage for a more detailed and focused discussion of whether de-dollarization should be a policy objective and, if so, how best to pursue this objective. We review existing theories of de facto dollarization and the extent to which they are supported by the available evidence, presents the main strategies for reform, and proposes a list of policy recommendations.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/187

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451862065/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005187

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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