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The Empirics of Foreign Reserves

  • Philip Lane
  • Dominic Burke

In this paper, we study the determinants of cross-country variation in the level of international reserves over 1981-95. Confirming intuition, trade openness is easily the most important variable. There is also some evidence that financial deepening is associated with an increase in the reserves ratio. Smaller and more volatile industrial countries hold larger reserves than their larger, less volatile counterparts. In addition, more indebted developing countries tend to have smaller reserve ratios. We view these results as establishing some interesting stylized facts that may be helpful in informing future theoretical modelling of reserves behavior.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series CEG Working Papers with number 20013.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcdceg:20013
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