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An Evaluation of the Contractionary Devaluation Hypothesis

In: Economic Development in Latin America

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  • Ricardo Bebczuk
  • Arturo Galindo
  • Ugo Panizza

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Throughout his sharp writings and lucid presentations on Latin American economies, Professor Werner Baer has shown a vivid interest in exchange rate policy and its growth and welfare consequences. In particular, he has consistently been concerned with how macroeconomic strategies shape the income distribution and the level of unemployment in developing countries.1

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  • Ricardo Bebczuk & Arturo Galindo & Ugo Panizza, 2010. "An Evaluation of the Contractionary Devaluation Hypothesis," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Hadi Salehi Esfahani & Giovanni Facchini & Geoffrey J. D. Hewings (ed.), Economic Development in Latin America, chapter 8, pages 102-117, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-29738-8_8
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230297388_8
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    Keywords

    Exchange Rate; Real Exchange Rate; Foreign Currency; Exchange Rate Volatility; External Debt;
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    JEL classification:

    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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