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Risk and Wealth in a Model of Self-fulfilling Currency Crises

Market participants' risk attitudes, wealth and portfolio composition influence their positions in a pegged foreign currency and, therefore, may have important effects on the sustainability of currency pegs. We analyze such effects in a global game model of currency crises with continuous action choices. The model, solved in closed form, generates a rich set of theoretical predictions consistent with many popular and academic (unmodelled) speculations about the onset and timing of currency crises. The results extend linearly to a heterogeneous agent population.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1433R.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
Date of revision: Oct 2004
Publication status: Published in Journal of Monetary Economics (2007), 54: 2205-2230
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1433r
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