Mexico's balance-of-payments crisis: a chronicle of death foretold
Guillermo Calvo and
Enrique Mendoza ()
No 545, International Finance Discussion Papers from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)
This paper claims that the roots of Mexico's balance-of-payments crisis are found in the prevailing high degree of capital mobility and financial globalization. Under these circumstances, shifts in foreign capital flows and anticipation of a banking-system bailout may produce large imbalances between stocks of financial assets and foreign reserves, threatening the sustainability of currency pegs. Econometric analysis suggests that 1/2 of Mexico's reserve losses could be accounted for by these phenomena. Large financial imbalances are also fertile ground for self-fulfilling-prophesy crises which lead devaluations to produce deep recessions. These difficulties can be partly remedied by appropriate policies.
Keywords: Balance of payments; Mexico; Financial crises - Mexico (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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