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Models of Currency Crises with Self-Fulfilling Features

  • Maurice Obstfeld

The discomfort a government suffers from speculation against its currency determines the strategic incentives of speculators and the scope for multiple currency-market equilibria. After describing an illustrative model in which high unemployment may cause an exchange- rate crisis with self-fulfilling features, the paper reviews some other self-reinforcing mechanisms. Recent econometric evidence seems to support the practical importance of these mechanisms.

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Publication status: published as European Economic Review, vol. 40, pp. 1037-1047, 1996.
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