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Currency Misalignments and Exchange Rate Regimes in Emerging and Developing Countries

  • Virginie Coudert
  • Cécile Couharde

Pegged exchange rates are often pointed out as more prone to risk of overvaluation, because their real exchange rates have a tendency to appreciate. We check this assumption empirically over a large sample of emerging and developing countries, by using two databases for de facto classifications by Levy-Yeyati and Sturzenegger (2003 ) and by Reinhart and Rogoff (2004 ). We assess currency misalignments by estimating real equilibrium exchange rates taking into account a Balassa effect and the impact of net foreign assets. Pegged currencies are shown to be more overvalued than floating ones. Copyright � 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation � Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2009.

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Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 121-136

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