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The Success of Currency Reforms to End Great Inflations: An Empirical Analysis of 34 High Inflations

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  • Peter Bernholz
  • Peter Kugler

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The estimation of an ordered probit model for currency reforms attempting to end 31 hyperinflations and three huge inflations of the twentieth century shows that the introduction of an independent central bank and the adoption of a credibly fixed exchange rate are crucial for the success of a currency reform. In addition, currency reforms are demonstrated to be more difficult in centrally planned economies than in market economies. Copyright 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation 2009 Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2009.

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  • Peter Bernholz & Peter Kugler, 2009. "The Success of Currency Reforms to End Great Inflations: An Empirical Analysis of 34 High Inflations," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 10, pages 165-175, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:10:y:2009:i::p:165-175
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    1. Paldam, Martin, 1994. "The political economy of stopping high inflation," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 135-168, May.
    2. Gomis-Porqueras, Pere & Haro, Alex, 2007. "Global bifurcations, credit rationing and recurrent hyperinflations," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 473-491, February.
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