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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|24907||2006||25 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Money and Finance, Volume 25, Issue 3, April 2006, Pages 503–527
The plethora of currency crises around the world has fueled many theories on the causes of speculative attacks. The first-generation models focus on fiscal problems while the second-generation models emphasize countercyclical policies and self-fulfilling crises. In the 1990s, models pinpoint to financial excesses. With the crisis of Argentina in 2001, models of sovereign default have become popular again. While the theoretical literature has emphasized variety, the empirical literature has supported the “one size fits all” models. This paper contributes to the empirical literature by assessing whether the crises of the last 30 years are of different varieties.
The plethora of financial crises that have ravaged emerging markets and mature economies since the 1970s has triggered a variety of theories on the causes of speculative attacks. Models are even catalogued into three generations. The first-generation models focus on the fiscal and monetary causes of crises. These models were mostly developed to explain the crises in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s. The second-generation models aim at explaining the EMS crises of the early 1990s. Here the focus is mostly on the effects of countercyclical policies in mature economies and on self-fulfilling crises, with rumors unrelated to market fundamentals at the core of the crises. The next wave of currency crises, the Tequila crisis in 1994 and the so-called Asian Flu in 1997, fueled a new variety of models – also known as third-generation models, which focus on moral hazard and imperfect information. The emphasis here has been on “excessive” booms and busts in international lending and asset price bubbles. With the crisis in Argentina in 2001, academics and economists at international institutions are now dusting off the articles of the 1980s modeling crises of default. The abundance of theoretical models has failed to generate the same variety of empirical models. Most of the previous empirical research groups together indicators capturing fiscal and monetary imbalances, economic slowdown, and the so-called over-borrowing syndrome to predict crises.1 While this research has certainly helped to capture the economic fragility at the onset of crises and therefore to predict balance-of-payment problems, it has failed to identify the changing nature of crises and to predict those crises that do not fit a particular mold. This paper contributes to this literature by assessing whether the crises of the last 30 years are of different varieties. As a by-product, this paper contributes to the early warning literature by providing new forecasts of the onset of financial crises. To identify the various classes of crises, I examine crisis episodes for 20 industrial and developing countries. The former include: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. The latter focus on: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The period covered starts in January 1970 and includes crises up to February 2002, with a total of 96 currency crises. To gauge whether crises are all of the same nature or whether groups of crises show unique features, I use a variety of macroeconomic and financial indicators suggested by the previous literature – totaling 18 variables – and a multiple-regime variant of the signals approach, which allows to endogenously identify the existence of various classes of crises.2 Once crises are classified, I examine whether the nature of crises varies across emerging and mature economies and tally the degree of severity of each type of crisis. The key finding is that, in fact, crises have not been created equal. Crises are found to be of six varieties. Four of those varieties are associated with domestic economic fragility, with vulnerabilities related to current account deterioration, fiscal imbalances, financial excesses, or foreign debt unsustainability. But crises can also be provoked by just adverse world market conditions, such as the reversal of international capital flows. The so-called sudden-stop phenomenon identifies the fifth variety of crises. Finally, as emphasized by the second-generation models, crises also happen in economies with immaculate fundamentals. Thus, the last variety of crises is labeled self-fulfilling crises. The second finding is that crises in emerging markets are of a different nature than those in mature markets. Crises triggered exclusively by adverse shocks in international capital markets and crises in economies with immaculate fundamentals are found to be a mature-market phenomenon. In contrast, crises in emerging economies are triggered by multiple vulnerabilities. The last finding concerns the degree of severity of crises. As it is conventional in the literature, severity is measured by output losses following the crises, the magnitude of the reserve losses of the central bank, and the depreciation of the domestic currency. I also estimate a variety of measures capturing the extent of borrowing constraints/lack of access to international capital markets following crises. Notably, the degree of severity of crises is closely linked to the type of crises, with crises of financial excesses scoring worst in this respect. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 reviews the literature on crises and examines the particular symptoms associated with each model. Section 3 examines the multiple-regime signals approach. Section 4 is the main part of the paper and examines the characteristics of crises in the 20 countries in the sample. The section pays particular attention to the types of crises that have afflicted mature and emerging markets. It also tallies the severity of the various classes of crises. Section 5 examines the early warnings of crises implicit in this approach. Section 6 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Currency crises are not a new phenomenon. Not only is the list of countries affected by these crises long but it is also increasing. Many have emphasized the destructive forces of currency crises, and the economics profession as a whole is crusading to find ways of avoiding crises. But while some countries collapse following a crisis, many others that also fall prey to speculative attacks do not suffer catastrophic consequences, suggesting that crises come in many varieties. Yet, most previous empirical studies of crises have failed to allow for this diversity. In this paper, I used regression-tree methods to classify 96 crises in 20 countries from 1970 to 2001. The results indicate that crises are not created equal, with the empirical classification reflecting the varieties proposed by the various generations of models of currency crises. Still, some models are better than others at capturing the stylized characteristics of crises. For example, I find that most of the crises are characterized by multitude of weak economic fundamentals, suggesting that it would be difficult to characterize them as “self-fulfilling” crises. Finally, since crises are of different varieties, early-warning systems should allow for multiple regimes. Thus, the second-generation early-warning systems should incorporate methodologies such as regression-tree analysis or parametric multiple-regime models à la Hamilton (1989) to capture a broad spectrum of crises.