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Exchange Rates as Nominal Anchors

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  • Sebastian Edwards

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This paper discusses the use of nominal exchange rates as nominal anchors in stabilization programs. The first part deals with the dynamics of inflation in highly indexed economies. It is shown that credible exchange rate anchors will reduce the degree of inflationary inertia. However, if some residual inertia is maintained in some contracts, real exchange rate overvaluation will result. Data from Chile, Mexico and Yugoslavia are used to test the implications of the model. The second part deals with the long run, and uses a 56 countries data set to investigate whether fixed exchange rates have been associated with greater financial discipline.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4246.

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Date of creation: Dec 1992
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Publication status: published as Edwards, Sebastian. “Exchange Rates as Nominal Anchors." Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv 129, 1 (1993): 1-32.
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  3. Sebastian Edwards, 1999. "Crisis Prevention: Lessons from Mexico and East Asia," NBER Working Papers 7233, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Coulibaly, Issiaka & Davis, Junior, 2013. "Exchange rate regimes and economic performance: Does CFA zone membership benefit their economies?," MPRA Paper 54075, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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