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Is the exchange rate regime really irrelevant for external adjustment?

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  • Ghosh, Atish R.
  • Qureshi, Mahvash S.
  • Tsangarides, Charalambos G.

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We argue that evidence on whether floating exchange rates facilitate external adjustment is contradictory because existing regime classifications do not adequately capture exchange rate flexibility relevant to external adjustment. Using a trade-weighted bilateral exchange rate volatility measure, we show that exchange rate flexibility indeed matters for current account dynamics.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 104-109

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:104-109

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Keywords: Current account dynamics; Exchange rate regime; Bilateral exchange rate volatility;

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  1. Herrmann, Sabine, 2009. "Do we really know that flexible exchange rates facilitate current account adjustment? Some new empirical evidence for CEE countries," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2009,22, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
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  1. Issiaka Coulibaly & Blaise Gnimassoun, 2013. "Current account sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Does the exchange rate regime matter?," EconomiX Working Papers 2013-42, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
  2. Atish R. Ghosh & Jonathan David Ostry & Mahvash Saeed Qureshi, 2014. "Exchange Rate Management and Crisis Susceptibility: A Reassessment," IMF Working Papers 14/11, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Blaise Gnimassoun & Valérie Mignon, 2013. "Current-Account Adjustments and Exchange-Rate Misalignments," Working Papers 2013-29, CEPII research center.
  4. Blaise Gnimassoun & Valérie Mignon, 2013. "How Macroeconomic Imbalances Interact? Evidence from a Panel VAR Analysis," Working Papers 2013-42, CEPII research center.
  5. Blaise Gnimassoun, 2014. "The importance of the exchange rate regime in limiting current account imbalances in sub-Saharan African countries," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-22, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.

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