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What Caused the 1991 Currency Crisis in India?

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  • Sweta Chaman Saxena
  • Valerie Cerra

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Did real overvaluation contribute to the 1991 currency crisis in India? This paper seeks an answer by constructing the equilibrium real exchange rate, using an error correction model and a technique developed by Gonzalo and Granger (1995). The results are affirmative and the evidence indicates that current account deficits and investor confidence also played significant roles in the sharp exchange rate depreciation. The ECM model is supported by superior out-of-sample forecast performance versus a random walk model.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 00/157.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2000
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Keywords: Devaluation; Exchange rates; Capital controls; Economic models; exchange rate; real exchange rate; current account; current account deficits; current account balance; effective exchange rate; real effective exchange rate; equilibrium exchange rate; nominal exchange rate; balance of payments; currency crisis; reserve bank; exchange controls; external debt; current account deficit; exchange rate depreciation; exchange rate appreciation; real effective exchange rates; real exchange rates; current account balances; real exchange rate appreciation; effective exchange rates; external financing; domestic currency; floating exchange rates; flexible exchange rates; exchange rate misalignments; nominal exchange rate depreciation; real exchange rate overvaluation; ratio of debt; exchange rate dynamics; fixed exchange rate regime; real exchange rate misalignment; exchange rate movements; real exchange rate series; exchange rate misalignment; commercial debt; government deficits; exchange rate regime; exchange rate adjustment; foreign exchange; fixed exchange rate; fixed nominal exchange rate; exchange rate overvaluation; exchange rate crisis; overvalued exchange rate; exchange rate adjustments; debt service; foreign exchange market;

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  1. Lane, Philip R. & Schmukler, Sergio L., 2007. "The international financial integration of China and India," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4132, The World Bank.
  2. Petia Topalova, 2010. "Factor Immobility and Regional Impacts of Trade Liberalization: Evidence on Poverty from India," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 2(4), pages 1-41, October.
  3. Patricia, Tovar, 2011. "India: The use of temporary trade barriers," MPRA Paper 41054, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Bown, Chad P. & Tovar, Patricia, 2011. "Trade liberalization, antidumping, and safeguards: Evidence from India's tariff reform," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 115-125, September.
  5. Cheng, Fuzhi & Orden, David, 2005. "Exchange Rate Misalignment and Its Effects on Agricultural Producer Support Estimates: Empirical Evidence from India and China," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 19121, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Abhijit Sen Gupta, 2010. "Management of International Capital Flows: The Indian Experience," Competence Centre on Money, Trade, Finance and Development, Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin 1003, Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin.
  7. Mahvash Saeed Qureshi, 2008. "Africa's Oil Abundance and External Competitiveness," IMF Working Papers 08/172, International Monetary Fund.
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  9. Vaz, Eric, 2013. "The Spatial Business Landscape of India," Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve, vol. 1(4), pages 241-253.
  10. Mallick, Sushanta K., 2005. "Tight credit policy versus currency depreciation: Simulations from a trade and inflation model of India," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 611-627, July.
  11. Cheng, Fuzhi & Orden, David, 2005. "Exchange rate misalignment and its effects on agricultural producer support estimates," MTID discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 81, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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