The Credibility of the United Kingdom's Commitment to the Erm : Intentions Versus Actions

Author/Editor:

Paul R Masson

Publication Date:

December 1, 1994

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Summary:

The paper presents estimates of a model of the credibility of the U.K. commitment to its central parity against the deutsche mark during the period of U.K. ERM membership (1990-92). The measure of credibility used is the long-term interest differential with Germany. Credibility is decomposed into two aspects: an assessment of whether the government was truly committed to the ERM, and the probability that even a committed government would be able to continue to bear the unemployment costs. Doubts about the first aspect—which could lead to a self-fulfilling crisis—are shown to have declined steadily during the period of ERM membership, while the second aspect is estimated to have become increasingly important, due to rising unemployment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/147

Subject:

Notes:

Presents estimates of a model of the credibility of the U.K. commitment to its central parity against the deutsche mark during the period of U.K. ERM membership (1990-92).

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451856682/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1471994

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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