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Supply shocks and currency crises : the policy dilemma reconsidered

  • García-Fronti, Javier

    (University of Warwick and CSGR, University of Warwick)

  • Miller, Marcus

    (University of Warwick, Centre for Economic Policy Research and CSGR, University of Warwick)

  • Zhang, Lei

    (University of Warwick and CSGR, University of Warwick)

The stylised facts of currency crises in emerging markets include output contraction coming hard on the heels of devaluation, with a prominent role for the adverse balance-sheet effects of liability dollarisation. In the light of the South East Asian experience, we propose an eclectic blend of the supply-side account of Aghion, Bacchetta and Banerjee (2000) with a demand recession triggered by balance sheet effects (Krugman, 1999). This sharpens the dilemma facing the monetary authorities - how to defend the currency without depressing the economy. But, with credible commitment or complementary policy actions, excessive output losses can, in principle, be avoided.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 760.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:760
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