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Adam Bennett, Eduardo Borensztein, and Tomás Baliño
Published Date:
March 1999
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Monetary policy in dollarized economies/Tomás Baliño, Adam Bennett, and Eduardo Borensztein.

p. cm.—(Occasional paper; 171)

ISBN 1–55775-757–7 (paper)

1. Monetary policy—Developing countries. 2. Foreign exchange—Developing countries. 3. Dollar, American. I. Bennett, Adam. II. Borensztein, Eduardo. III. Title. IV. Series: Occasional paper (International Monetary Fund); no. 171.

HG1496.B345 199998–43299


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Dollarization, which is a common feature in many countries, particularly developing countries and countries in transition, has important economic implications. This Occasional Paper analyses the costs and benefits of dollarization and explores its prudential and monetary policy implications. In particular, the paper reviews dollarization trends; explores the various monetary and exchange rate policy strategies that may be pursued in the presence of dollarization; and examines the implications of dollarization for the conduct of monetary policy, the issue of prudential norms and regulations, and the design of IMF programs. The paper also considers the effectiveness and drawbacks of measures to limit dollarization.

The authors thank Guillermo Calvo and Peter Garber, who provided comments on early versions of the paper, as well as many colleagues at the IMF but especially Paul Masson, Ratna Sahay, and Tessa van der Willigen, and members of the Executive Board for valuable comments and a stimulating Board seminar discussion in January 1998.

Kiran Sastry and Manzoor Gill provided research assistance, and Magally Bernal, Usha David, Jacqueline Greene, Sylvia Palazzo, and Bogna Jezierska secretarial assistance. James McEuen of the External Relations Department edited the paper for publication and coordinated production.

The views expressed here are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Executive Board of the IMF or other members of the IMF staff.

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