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Real Effects of Collapsing Exchange Rate Regimes: An Application to Mexico

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This paper examines the impact of a collapsing exchange rate regime on output in an open economy in which shocks to capital flows and exports predominate. A sticky-price rational expec-tations model is used to compare the variability of output under the collapsing regime to that under alternative fixed and flexible regimes. Output is found to be most stable under a flexible rate. A counterfactual exercise is performed for Mexico, using the parallel market exchange rate as a proxy for the shadow flexible rate. The main finding is that had Mexico been on a flexible rate for the past two decades, instead of a series of collapsing regimes, the variance of real output would have been reduced by half.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 99-07.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1999
Date of revision: Aug 2002
Publication status: Published: – revised version in Journal of International Economics, Vol. 57, No. 2 (August 2002), pp. 299–325
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:99-07

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Keywords: collapsing exchange rate regimes; output variability; captital flows; exports; Mexico;

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