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The effect of inflation targeting and financial openness on currency composition of sovereign international debt

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  • Ogrokhina, Olena
  • Rodriguez, Cesar M.

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This paper analyzes the joint effect of inflation targeting and capital account openness in promoting changes to the currency composition of sovereign international debt in developing countries. First, using difference-in-differences in combination with entropy balancing, we offer empirical evidence that the adoption of inflation targeting together with high capital account openness can significantly reduce the reliance on foreign currency denominated sovereign international debt. We find that financially integrated inflation-targeting countries have 11 percentage points lower foreign currency shares in their sovereign debt compared to non-targeting countries. Second, we determine the threshold level of financial openness that countries need to attain before they see the full benefits of inflation targeting. Third, the joint effect of inflation targeting and capital account openness significantly increases three years after the policy implementation. Our results are robust to alternative specifications which include instrumental variables to account for the endogeneity of the policy.

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  • Ogrokhina, Olena & Rodriguez, Cesar M., 2019. "The effect of inflation targeting and financial openness on currency composition of sovereign international debt," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 1-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:97:y:2019:i:c:p:1-18
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2019.05.004
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    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
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