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How much should I hold? Reserve Adequacy in Emerging Markets and Small Islands, Nkunde Mwase

This paper investigates the drivers of reserves in emerging markets (EMs) and small island (SIs) and develops an operational metric for estimating reserves in SIs taking into account their unique characteristics. It uses quantile regression techniques to allow the estimated factors driving reserves holdings to vary along the reserves’ holding distribution and tests for equality among the slope coefficients of the various quantile regressions and the overall models. F-tests comparing the inter-quantile differences could not reject the that the models for the different quantiles of SIs reserve distribution were similar but this was rejected for EMs distribution suggesting that models explaining drivers of reserve holdings should take into account the country’s reserve holdings. Empirical analysis suggests that the metric performs better than existing metrics in reducing crisis probabilities in SIs
Table Of Contents
Cover; Abstract; Contents; I. Introduction; II. What Determines Reserve Holdings?; A. Data and Modeling Strategy; B. Empirical Results from Standard Panel OLS and Fixed Effects; C. Empirical Results from Quantile Regressions; III. A New Metric For Small Islands; A. Developing A Metric; B. Empirical Analysis to Determine Thresholds For the Metric; C. Estimation Results; IV. Conclusion; References; APPENDIX TABLES; 1. Country List; 2. Description of Variables; 3. SIs and EMs: Reserve Demand Regressions; 4. Full Sample: OLS and Quantile Regression Results
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non fiction
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1 online resource (45 p.)
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