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The early warnings of balance-of-payments problems: Kaminsky and Reinhart revisited

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    This paper builds upon the model of Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999) and extends it to triplecrises. It applies a new visualisation approach combining elements of an event study analysis and a fan chart technique. This approach illustrates the deviation of fundamentals in the runup to balance-of-payments problems. The results suggest that both systemic banking crises and deteriorating government finances are highly significant leading indicators. Taking these indicators into account helps build a new early warning system for currency crises. The results are highly significant and robust. The out-of-sample forecasts demonstrate the strong predictive power of the model. --

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    Paper provided by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in its series Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series with number 205.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:fsfmwp:205

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    Keywords: currency crisis; financial sector vulnerability; early warning system;

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