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Defending Against Speculative Attacks

Tijmen Daniëls, Henk Jager and Franc Klaassen ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Tijmen R. Daniëls

SFB 649 Discussion Papers from Humboldt University, Collaborative Research Center 649

Abstract: While virtually all currency crisismodels recognise that the fate of a currency peg depends on how tenaciously policy makers defend it, they seldom model how this is done. We incorporate themechanics of speculation and the interest rate defence against it in the model ofMorris and Shin (American Economic Review 88, 1998). Our model captures that the interest rate defence reduces speculators’ profits and thus postpones the crisis. It predicts that well before the fall of a currency interest rates are increased to offset the buildup of exchange market pressure, and this then unravels in a sharp depreciation. This pattern is at odds with predictions of standard models, but we show that it fits well with reality.

Keywords: Exchange Market Pressure; Currency Crisis; Interest Rate Defence; Global Game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E58 F31 F33 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2009-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-ifn, nep-mac and nep-mon
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