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Monetary policy in emerging markets : can liability dollarization explain contractionary devaluations?

Authors Cook, David E. View this author's profile
Issue Date 2002-04
Summary In emerging markets, external debt is denominated almost entirely in large, developed country currencies such as the U.S. dollar. This liability dollarization offers a channel through which exchange rate variation can lead to business cycle instability. When firms’ assets are denominated in domestic currency and liabilities are denominated in foreign currency, an exchange rate depreciation worsens firms’ balance sheets, which leads to higher capital costs and contractions in capital spending. To illustrate this, I construct a quantitative, sticky price, small open economy model in which a monetary policy induced devaluation leads to a persistent contraction in output. In this model, fixed exchange rates offer greater stability than an interest rule that targets inflation.
Language English
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