ISBN-10:
0262122502
ISBN-13:
9780262122504
Pub. Date:
11/22/2002
Publisher:
MIT Press
Dollarization: Debates and Policy Alternatives

Dollarization: Debates and Policy Alternatives

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Overview

Dollarization: Debates and Policy Alternatives

Theoretical and empirical analysis of de jure dollarization.

With the persistent instability of international financial markets, emerging economies are exploring new ways to reduce exposure to capital flow volatility. Some analysts argue that financially open economies are best served by more flexible regimes, while others argue in favor of extreme exchange rate regimes that have a strong commitment to a fixed parity or dispense with an independent currency. The successful launch of the euro has made more realistic the prospect of replacing a national currency with a strong foreign one. Recent examples include the adoption of the US dollar by Ecuador and El Salvador.

The introduction of a foreign currency as sole legal tender, termed full (de jure) dollarization, has been the center of much political and academic debate. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The topics discussed include the role of balance sheet effects, the linkage between currency risk and country risk, the impact of dollarization on trade, financial integration and credibility, the implications of dollarization for the lender of last resort, and the institutional and political economy aspects of dollarization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262122504
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/22/2002
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 351
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Eduardo Levy Yeyati is Director of the Center for Financial Research at Universidad Torucato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.

Federico Sturzenegger is President of the Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires. He is the coauthor, with Jeromin Zettelmeyer, of Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises (MIT Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Dollarization: A Primer1
2Dollarization: Analytical Issues53
3Using Balance Sheet Data to Identify Sovereign Default and Devaluation Risk77
4Dollarization and the Lender of Last Resort101
5Measuring Costs and Benefits of Dollarization: An Application to Central American and Caribbean Countries133
6Dollarization: The Link between Devaluation and Default Risk201
7Implementation Guidelines for Dollarization and Monetary Unions237
8The Political Economy of Dollarization: Domestic and International Factors305
Index335

What People are Saying About This

Barry Eichengreen

Dollarization has been the subject of all too much fast and loose analysis. This book, for once, asks the hard questions. Rather than conveniently assuming that dollarization will encourage macroeconomic and structural reforms, it analyzes the circumstances under which this hoped-for scenario will obtain. It will be the standard work for scholars and officials prepared to take the question of dollarization seriously.

Endorsement

Dollarization has been the subject of all too much fast and loose analysis. This book, for once, asks the hard questions. Rather than conveniently assuming that dollarization will encourage macroeconomic and structural reforms, it analyzes the circumstances under which this hoped-for scenario will obtain. It will be the standard work for scholars and officials prepared to take the question of dollarization seriously.

Barry Eichengreen, University of California

Sebastian Edwards

This is a timely volume. It collects a number of important contributions on a highly controversial issue: Should the emerging countries have a currency of their own? The papers in this collection address some very important questions, including those related to country risk, economic performance and the political economy of dollarization. It is required reading for anyone interested in monetary policy in the emerging and transition economies.

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