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Can emerging market central banks bail out banks? A cautionary tale from Latin America

  • Jacome H., Luis I.
  • Saadi Sedik, Tahsin
  • Townsend, Simon

This paper investigates whether emerging market countries can implement monetary policies to cope with financial crises as advanced countries did during the recent global crisis—injecting significant amounts of money into the financial system without facing major short-run adverse macroeconomic repercussions. Using panel data techniques, the paper analyzes episodes of financial turmoil in 16 Latin American countries during 1995–2007. The results show that developing and emerging market countries should be cautious because injecting money on a large scale into the financial system may fuel further macroeconomic instability, increasing the chances of simultaneous currency crises.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Emerging Markets Review.

Volume (Year): 13 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 424-448

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ememar:v:13:y:2012:i:4:p:424-448
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