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Speculation and the Decision to Abandon a Fixed Exchange Rate Regime

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  • Ivan Pastine

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This paper investigates the extent to which it is possible for speculative attacks to be predictable given information on economic fundamentals. A standard model of predictable attacks is extended to incorporate an optimizing monetary authority. It is shown that while incorporating a forward-looking monetary authority improves our understanding of many observed phenomena, it also implies that the branch of the literature that places emphasis on predictable movements in fundamentals cannot generate predictable speculative attacks. In addition, the model provides useful insights into the viability of temporary nominal anchor policies, and a theoretical foundation for an important empirical methodology.

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  • Ivan Pastine, 2000. "Speculation and the Decision to Abandon a Fixed Exchange Rate Regime," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0931, Econometric Society.
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    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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