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Multiple Equilibria, Contagion, and the Emerging Market Crises

  • Paul R. Masson

The paper surveys the types of models producing multiple equilibria in financial markets. It argues that such models are consistent with observed phenomena, such as the greater volatility of financial asset prices than of macroeconomic fundamentals. Alternative explanations are compared with the stylized facts concerning capital flows, portfolio shifts, and exchange rate crises. Implications for crisis prediction and prevention are then discussed.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 99/164.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 1999
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:99/164
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