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Political Uncertainty and the Peso Problem


  • Javier, Garcia-fronti
  • Lei, Zhang


This paper analyses the relation between political uncertainty and the Peso Problem in emerging markets. Initially, it is assumed that the country has a hard peg system (the present government will never devalue). As for the political opposition, however, it is open to the possibility of leaving the fixed regime when it comes to power. Assuming that the change of government follows a Poisson distribution, our model shows that the expectations of a devaluation under the subsequent new government may drive up country risk premium under the first government. Sovereign spreads in Argentina in 2001 are used to illustrate the argument.

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  • Javier, Garcia-fronti & Lei, Zhang, 2006. "Political Uncertainty and the Peso Problem," MPRA Paper 18246, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18246

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    1. Ozkan, F. Gulcin & Sutherland, Alan, 1998. "A currency crisis model with an optimising policymaker," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 339-364, April.
    2. Alesina, Alberto & Özler, Sule & Roubini, Nouriel & Swagel, Phillip, 1996. "Political Instability and Economic Growth," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 189-211, June.
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    Peso problem; political uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange


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