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What Caused the Asian Currency and Financial Crisis?

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  • Corsetti, G.
  • Pesenti, P.
  • Roubini, N.

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The paper examines the view that the Asian currency and financial crisis in 1997 and 1998 reflected structural and policy distortions in the countries of the region, even though market overreaction and herding caused the plunge of exchange rates, asset prices and economic activity to be more severe than was warranted by the initial weak economic conditions.

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Paper provided by Banca Italia - Servizio di Studi in its series Papers with number 343.

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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:banita:343

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Keywords: CURRENCIES ; MONETARY CRISIS ; ASIA;

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