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The viability of fixed exchange rate commitments: does politics matter? A theoretical and empirical investigation

  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon
  • Jean-Marc Rizzo

This article studies the connection between political instability and the sustainability of an exchange rate regime. A model based on the credibility of monetary policy shows that political unrest should be correlated with the adoption of flexible exchange rates. That intuition is tested using various measures of political instability on a panel of 125 countries between 1980 and 1994. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/8392.

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Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Publication status: Published in: Open Economies Review (2002) v.13 n° 2,p.111-132
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/8392
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