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Contagious Currency Crises

  • Barry Eichengreen
  • Andrew K. Rose
  • Charles Wyplosz

This paper is concerned with the fact that the incidence of speculative attacks tends to be temporally correlated; that is, currency crises appear to pass contagiously from one country to another. The paper provides a survey of the theoretical literature, and analyzes the contagious nature of currency crises empirically. Using thirty years of panel data from twenty industrialized countries, we find evidence of contagion. Contagion appears to spread more easily to countries which are closely tied by international trade linkages than to countries in similar macroeconomic circumstances.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5681.

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Date of creation: Jul 1996
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Publication status: published as Scandinavian Journal of Economics (1996).
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