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Managing Systemic Liquidity Risk in Financially Dollarized Economies

  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati
  • Alain Ize
  • Miguel A. Kiguel

This paper evaluates ways to protect highly dollarized banking systems from systemic liquidity runs (such as the ones that took place recently in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay). In view of the limitations of available (private or official) insurance schemes, and the distortions introduced by central bank lending of last resort (LOLR), the authors favor decentralized liquid foreign asset requirements on dollar deposits, supplemented by a scheme of "circuit breakers." The latter combines the use of limited dollar liquidity to ensure the convertibility of transactional deposits with a mechanism that automatically limits the convertibility of dollar term deposits once triggered by a predetermined decline in banks' liquidity.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/188.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/188
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