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Mexico's balance-of-payments crisis: a chronicle of a death foretold

  • Calvo, Guillermo A.
  • Mendoza, Enrique G.

This paper claims that the roots of Mexico's balance-of-payments crisis are found in the prevailing high degree of capital mobility and financial globalization. Under these circumstances, shifts in foreign capital flows and anticipation of a banking-system bailout may produce large imbalances between stocks of financial assets and foreign reserves, threatening the sustainability of currency pegs. Econometric analysis suggests that 1/2 of Mexico's reserve losses could be accounted for by these phenomena. Large financial imbalances are also fertile ground for self-fulfilling-prophesy crises which lead devaluations to produce deep recessions. These difficulties can be partly remedied by appropriate policies.

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Volume (Year): 41 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (November)
Pages: 235-264

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