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Risk and Wealth in a Model of Self-Fulfilling Currency Attacks

  • Stephen Morris

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    (Yale University, Cowles Foundation)

  • Bernardo Guimaraes

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    (Yale University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economics (Box 8268))

We analyze the effect of risk aversion, wealth and portfolios on the behavior of investors in a global game model of currency crises with continuous action choices. The model generates a rich set of striking theoretical predictions. For example, risk aversion makes currency crises significantly less likely; increased wealth makes crises more likely; and foreign direct investment (illiquid investments in the target currency) make crises more likely. Our results extend linearly to a heterogeneous agent population.

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