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Kicking the Habit: Moving from Pegged Rates to Greater Exchange Rate Flexibility

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  • Eichengreen, Barry

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Why do governments find it so difficult to move from pegged exchange rates to greater exchange rate flexibility? The author first establishes that there is a problem to be solved: that there are powerful incentives for greater flexibility deriving from changes in the international economic and financial environment but that policymakers find it difficult to engineer a smooth transition. He offers practical suggestions and a framework under which the probability of a smooth transition can be maximized. Drawing examples from recent economic history, the author then attempts to understand the experience of selected countries that have undertaken this transition.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 109 (1999)
Issue (Month): 454 (March)
Pages: C1-14

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:109:y:1999:i:454:p:c1-14

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  10. Ghosh, Saibal, 2001. "Financial Stability and Public Policy: An Overview," MPRA Paper 19757, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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