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The Asian Liquidity Crisis

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  • Velasco, A.
  • Chang, R.

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A country's financial system is internationally illiquid if its potential short term obligations in foreign currency exceed the amount of foreign currency it can have access to in short notice. This condition may be crucial for the existence of financial crises and/or exchange rate collapses (Chang and Velasc 1998a, b). In this paper we argue that the 1997-98 crises in Asia were in fact a consequence of international illiquidity.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 98-27.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:98-27

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Keywords: LIQUIDITY ; BANKS ; CURRENCIES ; MONETARY CRISIS;

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