How to devalue exchange rates, without building up reserves: Strategic theory for central banking
Central banks, wanting to devalue their currency, often intervene in the foreign exchange market by buying up foreign currency. Such interventions even if effective lead to a build up of foreign exchange reserves. This paper argues that the coupling of devaluation and reserve build up can be avoided if the central bank intervention takes the form of a ‘schedule’, that is, commitment to buying and selling conditional on the exchange rate.
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