انتخاب رژیم نرخ ارز و بحران ارز
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|9259||2011||18 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Economic Systems, Volume 35, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages 419–436
Exchange rate regime choice is not exogenous, but it depends on the structural, political and financial features of countries. However, it is often the case that the regime actually pursued and the one that is imposed by country features do not match one to one. The existing empirical crisis models do not take fully into account the regime in which the crisis unfolded. The aim of this paper is to incorporate the appropriateness of the regime choice into the standard currency crisis model. The results show that the odds of crisis increase significantly in countries which have chosen regimes inconsistently.
This paper aims to fill the gap between the exchange rate regime choice (ERRC) and currency crisis (CC) literatures by bringing the question of appropriateness of the regime to the forefront in analyzing the currency crisis. The exchange rate regime can be viewed as a stage on which real and nominal shocks interact with macroeconomic policies conducted by the authorities. As indicated by the ERRC literature, exchange rate regime choice is not exogenous, but depends on the structural, political and financial features of countries. However, it is often the case that the regime actually pursued and the one that is imposed by country features may not match one to one. There are obvious reasons; using pegged regimes to tame inflationary expectations has been a widely adopted policy in high inflation countries.1 This is not costless, however. The trade-off between the sustainability of the regime and the desire for macroeconomic stability often resulted in missing both targets as currency crises episodes in the last couple of decades clearly indicate. Yet, the existing empirical literature on currency crisis, by and large, does not take into account this point, namely the question of appropriateness of the ongoing regime within which the crisis is unfolded. The implicit assumption that the occurrence of a currency crisis is independent of the regime choice is a very strong one, and one which carries the potential to bias estimation results. As Frankel (1999) puts it, “the choice of exchange rate arrangement should depend on the particular circumstances facing the country in question”. From the sustainability point of view, the immediate question that may follow this statement is what happens if the regime that has been chosen does not match those “particular circumstances”. Does this discrepancy provide a fertile ground for vulnerabilities to grow, or not? Or, put differently, do real, nominal or policy shocks affect countries in the same direction regardless of the regimes at work? The most common reason behind choosing a regime other than what is optimal is the desire for macroeconomic stability. Especially following the collapse of Bretton Woods in the mid-1970s, countries started to use exchange rate regimes as a tool to stabilize their economies. In the so-called exchange-rate-based stabilization (ERBS) programs, exchange rates represent the nominal anchor for stabilizing chronic high inflation. However, these programs are heavily criticized on the grounds that they led to excess volatility in the domestic economy, see Calvo and Vegh (1999), Tornell and Westermann (2002), Hamann et al. (2005) and Ranciere et al. (2005). For example, less-than-perfectly credible exchange rate stabilization programs may trigger a consumption boom as agents increase their demand for consumption or investment goods when these are “cheap”, in other words, before the eventual collapse of the currency. The studies mentioned above clearly show that an “inappropriate” choice of regime (a choice that is inconsistent with the structural, political and financial features of the country) is not costless. And this is exactly the juncture where this study kicks in. To our knowledge, this paper is the first study investigating the question of regime appropriateness in the context of currency crises. The line of reasoning is that different country characteristics require different regimes and unless the regimes are consistent with those characteristics, countries gradually become more vulnerable to adverse shocks which may lead them to crisis. In the paper we will use the IMF's de facto regime classification.2 The sample consists of 163 developed and developing countries and covers the period between 1990 and 2007. The outline of the paper is as follows: in the coming section we will review the relevant studies in ERRC and CC literatures and discuss the link between regime choice and currency crises. In the methodology part, we will describe the important steps of our analysis. After discussing the regression results, in Section 4 we will conduct a battery of robustness checks to test the validity of our results. In the final part we will conclude.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Exchange rate regime choice is endogenous; it has many determinants as indicated by the ERRC literature. Although one can put forward many valid arguments to use exchange rate regimes as a credibility-enhancing tool, countries should keep in mind the negative consequences of inconsistently chosen regimes. Our study revealed that pursuing a regime that is inconsistent with a country's features increases the odds of currency crises. That is, the choice is not neutral, but it has costs. Pegged regimes may increase the credibility of monetary authorities trying to stabilize the economy, but as has been widely observed on the road to crisis, overvaluation of real exchange rate and boom–bust cycles are often behind the collapse of the pegged regimes. This paper introduces a new dimension to the currency crisis phenomenon by taking into account the appropriateness of the regime at work. In that respect, it constitutes the first formal study. In our view, standard CC models have at least two shortcomings. First, they treat all crisis cases within the same group without paying attention to the regime at work. This problem has been dealt with by employing a multinomial rather than a binomial crisis model. The second drawback is the reliability of the models employed. In this paper we argued that the roles of early-warning indicators can only be explored after controlling for the determinants affecting the regime choice (hence the appropriate variable). Most notably, we found that, in crisis-hit peggers and floaters especially, regime determinants actually imposed different regimes than those at work. After controlling for the regime determinants and allowing variables to have different coefficients with a multinomial framework, we found that the overvaluation of RER and output gap, as expected, posed problems for more rigid exchange rate regimes. Contagion effects are observed in the making of crisis across all regimes, but for floaters they are more pronounced. Capital account openness, on the contrary, decreases the odds of a crisis, an indication of the discipline imposed by liberalized financial markets. Finally, an increase in interest rate in the world financial markets (here proxied by the US interest rate) poses a significant risk to floaters, showing the capability of interest rate differentials in creating huge volatilities in the exchange rates.