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Managing the Monetary Consequences of Reserve Accumulation in Emerging Asia

Alice Ouyang (), Ramkishen Rajan () and Tom Willett

Global Economic Review, 2008, vol. 37, issue 2, 171-199

Abstract: The huge increase in international reserve holdings by Asian countries since the 1997 crisis has been one of the most important recent developments on the international financial scene. These buildups have contributed substantially to concerns about the creation of excessive global liquidity. How justified these concerns are depends heavily on the extent to which the reserve accumulating countries have been able to sterilize the effects on their domestic monetary aggregates. We use a unified theoretical framework to undertake dynamic estimations of the magnitude of sterilization and offset coefficients (which measure the degree of capital mobility) for a large set of Asian economies. We find that despite substantial capital mobility there has been a high degree of effective sterilization to date.

Keywords: Asia; balance of payments function; capital mobility; monetary reaction function; reserves; sterilization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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