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Robin Brooks, Kenneth Rogoff, Ashoka Mody, Nienke Oomes, and Aasim Husain
Published Date:
May 2004
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    Evolution and Perform ance of Exchange Rate Regimes

    Kenneth S. Rogoff, Aasim M. Husain, Ashoka Mody,

    Robin Brooks, and Nienke Oomes


    Washington DC


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    Evolution and performance of exchange rate regimes/Kenneth S. Rogoff… [et al.]—Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund [2004].

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    1. Foreign exchange rates. 2. Foreign exchange rates—Developing countries. 3. Inflation (Finance). 4. Business cycles. I. Rogoff, Kenneth S. II. Occasional paper (International Monetary Fund); 229. HG3811.E96 2004

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    The issue of the appropriate exchange rate regime for a country has been perennially lively, with a new set of considerations coming to the fore in the 1990s. The role played by international capital flows and domestic financial systems in determining the performance of exchange rate regimes has gained prominence in the policy debate over the appropriate exchange rate arrangement.

    Using recent advances in the classification of exchange rate regimes to draw new lessons about the performance of alternative regimes, this paper’s key message is that, as economies and their institutions mature, the value of exchange rate flexibility increases. In reaching this overarching conclusion, the paper takes an empirical perspective to form a judgment of actual experience. The study takes as a given that multiple currencies will continue to exist in the foreseeable future. Hence, the policy analysis is intended for countries that choose to retain their own currencies.

    The study was prepared by a staff team under the direction of Kenneth Rogoff, when he was Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. The team was led by Aasim Husain and Ashoka Mody, and included Robin Brooks and Nienke Oomes. The authors would like to acknowledge contributions from Andrew Berg, who worked on the subsection “Learning to Float” in Section III; Paolo Mauro and Grace Juhn, who provided the subsection “Empirical Findings on Factors Affecting Regime Choice” in Appendix II; and Antonio Spilimbergo, who did the estimations for the subsection “Regimes and Crisis Probabilities” in Section III. The paper also benefited from useful comments and suggestions from Tamim Bayoumi, Michael Bordo, Agustín Carstens, Barry Eichengreen, Ìnci Ötker-Robe, Jacques Polak, Carmen Reinhart, David J. Robinson, Miguel Savastano, Federico Sturzenegger, Lars Svensson, and numerous other colleagues throughout the Fund. Young Kim and Eisuke Okada provided valuable research assistance. Atish Ghosh generously shared his data set. Sheila Kinsella managed the Research Department end in the preparation of this paper. Gail Berre of the External Relations Department edited the paper and coordinated production of the publication.

    An earlier draft of the paper was presented at an informal seminar of the IMF’s Executive Board, and the current version has benefited from the comments made on that occasion. The views expressed are those of the authors, however, and do not necessarily reflect those of national authorities or IMF Executive Directors.

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