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A Simple Model of Monetary Policy and Currency Crises

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  • Philippe AGHION
  • Philippe BACCHETTA
  • Abhijit BANERJEE

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This paper analyzes the optimal interest rate policy in currency crises. Firms are credit constrained and have debt in domestic and foreign currency, a situation that may easily lead to a currency crisis. An interest rate increase has an ambiguous effect on firms since it both makes more difficult to borrow and may decrease the foreign currency debt burden. In some cases it is actually best to decrease the interest rate. We also show how these issues are related to development of the financial system.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 9914.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Sep 1999
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Publication status: Published in European Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, vol. 44 (4-6), May 2000, pp. 728-738
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:9914

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Keywords: policy; foreign currency debt; currency crisis;

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  1. Obstfeld, Maurice & Rogoff, Kenneth, 1995. "Exchange Rate Dynamics Redux," CEPR Discussion Papers 1131, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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