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Economic integration and the exchange rate regime: How damaging are currency crises?

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  • Weber, Axel A.
  • Beck, Günter W.
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    We use consumer price data for 205 cities/regions in 21 countries to study PPP deviations before, during and after the major currency crises of the 1990s. We combine data from industrialized nations in North America (Unites States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal), Asia (Japan and South Korea), and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) with corresponding data from emerging market economies in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia) and Asia (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand). By doing so, we confirm previous results that both distance and border explain a significant amount of relative price variation across different locations. We also find that currency attacks had major disintegration effects by considerably increasing these border effects and by raising within-country relative price dispersion in emerging market economies. These effects are found to be quite persistent since relative price volatility across emerging markets today is still significantly larger than a decade ago. --

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    Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2001/13.

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    Date of creation: 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:200113

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    Keywords: relative price volatility; spatial data; real exchange rate volatility; law of one price; purchasing power parity; currency crisis; contagion;

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    1. Philipp Maier & Paul Cavelaars, 2003. "EMU enlargement and convergence of pricelevels: Lessons from the German reunification," MEB Series (discontinued) 2003-06, Netherlands Central Bank, Monetary and Economic Policy Department.

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