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Current Account Reversals and Currency Crises; Empirical Regularities

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  • Gian M Milesi-Ferretti
  • Assaf Razin

This paper studies large reductions in current account deficits and exchange rate depreciations in low- and middle-income countries. It examines which factors help predict the occurrence of a reversal or a currency crisis, and how these events affect macroeconomic performance. Both domestic factors, such as the low reserves, and external factors, such as unfavorable terms of trade, are found to trigger reversals and currency crises. The two types of events are, however, distinct; an exchange rate crash is associated with a fall in output growth and a recovery thereafter, while for reversals there is no systematic evidence of a growth slowdown.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 98/89.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 1998
Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:98/89
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