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Foreign Reserve Adequacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract
This paper looks at the question of adequacy of reserves in sub-Saharan African countries in light of the shocks faced by these countries. Literature on optimal reserves so far has not paid attention to the particular shocks facing low-income countries. We use a two-good endowment economy model facing terms of trade and aid shocks to derive the optimal level of reserves by comparing the cost of holding reserves with their benefits as an insurance against a shock. We find that the optimal level of reserves depends upon the size of these shocks, their probability, and the output cost associated with them,
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Foreign Reserves in sub-Saharan Africa; Figures; 1. Reserves in Months of Imports; Tables; 1. Comparisons of International Reserves Across Regions, 1995-07; III. Shocks Facing Sub-Saharan Africa; 3. Reserves to Short-Term Debt <2, 2007; 4. Frequency Distributions of Key Parameters; 5. Frequency Distributions of Key Parameters; 6. Response of Key Macro Economic Variables to a Large TOT Schock; 7. Response of Key Macroeconomic Variables to a Large Aid Shock; IV. Small Open Economy with Two Goods; V. Simulation Results
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (38 p.)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781451870084

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