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Exchange Rate Management in an Era of Global Financial Crises with special reference to Australia

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  • J.W. Nevile


    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

  • Peter Kriesler


    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

  • Geoff Harcourt


    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

Unless there is a radical reform of the global financial system, it will continue to be conducive to financial crises and the necessary reforms are looking increasingly unlikely. Government rhetoric and actions can often influence in desirable ways both the speculative actions that now determine the exchange rate and the effect of exchange rate movements on the domestic economy. Managing the exchange rate should start with Australian support for measures such as the Tobin tax which dampen speculation. In 2008 and 2009 exchange rate changes were helpful in reducing the impact of the global financial crisis Australia, largely because of a very clear commitment by the Australian government to make preservation of jobs its top priority. In 2009 a rapid rise in the exchange rate was unhelpful. In the short run little can be done about this but the longer run it is possible to offset the adverse effects.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2012-05.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2012-05
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  1. Hyman P. Minsky, 1992. "The Financial Instability Hypothesis," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_74, Levy Economics Institute.
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