Optimal Reserves in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union

Author/Editor:

Wendell A. Samuel ; Emilio Pineda ; Mario Dehesa

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Recent turbulence in global and Caribbean regional financial markets underscore the importance of reassessing the adequacy of international reserves held by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Using the Jeanne (2007) optimization framework, this paper finds that international reserves held by the ECCB are generally adequate for a variety of external current account and capital account shocks. However, the ECCB would be challenged in the event of moderate to severe deposit outflows.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/77

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872248/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009077

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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