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Regional Reserve Pooling Arrangements

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  • Ran Bi

    (IMF Research Department)

  • Prakash Kannan

    (IMF Research Department)

  • Suman Sambha Basu

    (IMF Research Department)

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Recently, some emerging market countries have initiated intra-regional reserve pooling mechanisms. This is puzzling from a traditional risk-diversification perspective, because country-level shocks are more correlated within rather than across regions. This paper provides a novel rationale for regional pooling. Country self-insurance via noncontingent assets generates externalities through terms of trade shocks for the country's trading partners, because the welfare of the latter is not taken into account in the country's reserve accumulation decision. If trade linkages are stronger within rather than across regions, then intra-regional reserve pooling arrangements may dominate inter-regional arrangements, even if shocks are more correlated within regions.

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  • Ran Bi & Prakash Kannan & Suman Sambha Basu, 2010. "Regional Reserve Pooling Arrangements," 2010 Meeting Papers 675, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Bas, Maria & Mayer, Thierry & Thoenig, Mathias, 2017. "From micro to macro: Demand, supply, and heterogeneity in the trade elasticity," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 1-19.

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