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Have Exchange Rate Regimes in Asia become More Flexible Post crisis? Re- Visiting the Evidence

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  • Tony Cavoli

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Ramkishen S. Rajan

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    (School of Public Policy, George Mason University)

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There is a broad consensus that the soft US dollar pegs operated by a number of Asian countries prior to 1997 contributed to the regional financial crisis of 1997-98. There is, however, much less agreement on the types of exchange rate regimes operated by many Asian countries since the crisis. Can they still be characterized as soft US dollar pegs, or have they become genuinely more flexible? This paper revisits the evidence regarding the extent of exchange rate flexibility in the five Asian countries (Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand) using alternative methodologies and data spanning the pre- and post-crisis time period. Given the diversity of measures of de facto regimes in the literature, the use of alternative methodologies in this paper is critical as a means of obtaining an accurate and robust indication of the type of exchange rate regime operated by a country.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE in its series SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 0519.

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Keywords: Asia; exchange rate regime; inflation targeting; interest rates; reserves; soft dollar peg;

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  4. Tony Cavoli & Ramkishen S. Rajan, 2006. "Inflation Targeting Arrangements In Asia : Exploring The Role Of The Exchange Rate," Macroeconomics Working Papers 22564, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  5. Vitalie Ciubotaru, 2012. "Identifying the De Facto Exchange Rate Regime for Moldova: A State-Space Approach," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 12-10, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  6. Ramkishen S. Rajan & Tony Cavoli, 2006. "The Extent of Exchange Rate Flexibility in India: Basket Pegger or Closet US Dollar Pegger?," Working Papers id:424, eSocialSciences.

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