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Reserve accumulation and financial crises: From individual protection to systemic risk

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  • Steiner, Andreas

This paper provides a new perspective on the relationship between countries׳ international reserve holdings and financial crises: while the “local” view holds that reserves may prevent domestic crises, it overlooks that the accumulation of reserves relaxes the financing constraint of the reserve currency country and may cause a financial crisis in the centre, which is transmitted globally. According to this “global” view reserve accumulation might destabilize the international financial system. Since the crisis affects all countries alike, the accumulation of reserves imposes a negative externality on non-accumulating countries.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 70 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 126-144

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:70:y:2014:i:c:p:126-144
DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2014.04.005
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