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Risk and wealth in a model of self-fulfilling currency attacks

  • Guimaraes, Bernardo
  • Morris, Stephen

We analyze the effect of risk aversion, wealth and portfolios on the behavior of investors in a global game model of currency crises with continuous action choices. The model generates a rich set of striking theoretical predictions. For example, risk aversion makes currency crises significantly less likely; increased wealth makes crises more likely; and foreign direct investment (illiquid investments in the target currency) make crises more likely. Our results extend linearly to a heterogeneous agent population.

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Volume (Year): 54 (2007)
Issue (Month): 8 (November)
Pages: 2205-2230

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