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Is There a Causal Link between Currency and Debt Crises?

  • Axel Dreher

    (University of Exeter)

  • Bernhard Herz

    (University of Bayreuth)

  • Volker Karb

    (University of Bayreuth)

Though currency and debt crises quite often occur simultaneously, the links between these two types of crises are not well understood. We review how currency and debt crises could be related due to common causes, contagion effects from one crisis to the other, and complementary budget financing aspects. In an empirical analysis based on a panel of 80 countries over the period 1975-2000, we first investigate the determinants of each crisis separately. Then we estimate links between both crises employing instrumental variables techniques. We find that, while there is a negative lagged influence of currency crises on debt crises, currency crises significantly increase the risk of contemporaneous debt crises and vice versa. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 07 Apr 2004
Date of revision: 16 Feb 2005
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpif:0404005
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