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Why Do Countries Peg the Way They Peg? The Determinants of Anchor Currency Choice, Nienke Oomes, Christopher Meissner

What determines the currency to which countries peg or "anchor" their exchange rate? Data for over 100 countries between 1980 and 1998 reveal that trade network externalities are a key determinant. This implies that anchor currency choice may well be suboptimal in that certain currencies, e.g., the U.S. dollar, could be oversubscribed. It also implies that changes in anchor choices by a small number of countries can have large and rapid effects on the international monetary system. Other factors found to be related to anchor choice include the symmetry of output shocks and the currency denomination of liabilities
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. The Evolution of Anchor Currency Choice; A. Measuring Anchor Currency Choice; B. Stylized Facts on Anchor Currency Choice; Figures; 1. All Countries: Anchor Currency Choices, 1950-2001; 2. Developed Countries: Anchor Currency Choices, 1950-2001; 3. Developing Countries: Anchor Currency Choices, 1950-2001; 4. Transition Countries: Anchor Currency Choices, 1990-2001; C. Why Countries Peg the Way They Peg: A Brief Survey of Recent Experience; III. Conceptual Framework for Anchor Choice: Network Externalities, Multiple Equilibria, and Path Dependence; Tables
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