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Optimal Holdings of International Reserves: Self-insurance against Sudden Stops

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  • Guillermo Calvo

    (Columbia University)

  • Alejandro Izquierdo

    (Regional Economic Advisor)

  • Rudy Loo-Kung

    (Inter-American Development Bank)

Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of the optimal stock of international reserves in terms of a statistical model in which reserves affect both the probability of a sudden stop –as well as associated output costs– by reducing the balance-sheet effects of liability dollarization. Observed reserves on the eve of the global financial crisis were–on average–not distant from optimal reserves

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  • Guillermo Calvo & Alejandro Izquierdo & Rudy Loo-Kung, 2013. "Optimal Holdings of International Reserves: Self-insurance against Sudden Stops," Monetaria, Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos, vol. 0(1), pages 1-35, January-j.
  • Handle: RePEc:cml:moneta:v:i:y:2013:i:1:p:1-35
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    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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