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The Russian triple crisis 1998: currency, finance and budget

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  • Venla Sipilä

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    The paper analyzes the Russian currency crisis in August 1998. By critically discussing the existing literature and by descriptively investigating data, the relative importance of economic fundamentals, expectations, structural factors and external causes is assessed. The paper highlights the contradicting requirements on the macroeconomic policy of a transition economy that has a history of inflationary financing. The argument is that none of the previous analyzes has highlighted clearly the triple crisis nature of the events: the crises in the currency and financial markets were inseparably intertwined to the fiscal problems. However, in this emerging market context the budget deficit cannot be stated to be the sole cause in the traditional sense of the so-called first-generation currency crises theories.

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    Paper provided by UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in its series UCL SSEES Economics and Business working paper series with number 17.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2002
    Handle: RePEc:see:wpaper:17
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    1. Niko Gobbin & Bruno Merlevede, 2000. "The Russian Crisis: A Debt Perspective," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 141-163.
    2. Allan Drazen & Elhanan Helpman, 1987. "Stabilization with Exchange Rate Management under Uncertainty," NBER Working Papers 2268, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    5. Eichengreen, Barry, 1999. "Kicking the Habit: Moving from Pegged Rates to Greater Exchange Rate Flexibility," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(454), pages 1-14, March.
    6. Maurice Obstfeld, 1994. "The Logic of Currency Crises," NBER Working Papers 4640, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Olga Butorina, 2000. "Implications of the Russian Crisis," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(4), pages 409-424.
    8. Nikolic, Milan, 2000. "Money Growth-Inflation Relationship in Postcommunist Russia," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 108-133, March.
    9. Flood, Robert & Marion, Nancy, 1999. "Perspectives on the Recent Currency Crisis Literature," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 4(1), pages 1-26, January.
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