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Self-Fulfilling Risk Predictions; An Application to Speculative Attacks

  • Robert P. Flood
  • Nancy P. Marion

The paper shows that changing market beliefs about currency risk can generate a self-fulfilling speculative attack on a fixed exchange rate. The attack does not require a later change in policies to make it profitable. This is illustrated by introducing an endogenous risk premium into a “first-generation model” of a speculative attack. The model is further modified to take account of sterilization, debt-financed fiscal deficits, and anticipatory price-setting behavior. The model is used to interpret the 1994 Mexican peso crisis.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 98/124.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 1998
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:98/124
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  11. Velasco, Andres, 1997. "When are fixed exchange rates really fixed?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 5-25, October.
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