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Government Budget, Oil Prices and Currency Crisis in Russia

Tatiana Kirsanova

University of Glasgow

David Vines

University of Oxford - Balliol College - Department of Economics; Australian National University (ANU); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

August 21, 2002

We present a crisis model which illustrates how oil price shocks led to the resulting collapse of the fixed exchange rate system in Russia. We discuss crucial weaknesses of the Russian economy and argue that the reason it was particularly vulnerable to shocks was that the government and the energy sector were very closely linked. In the model presented an optimizing policymaker abandons a fixed exchange rate regime because he wants to tighten fiscal policy and finance a deteriorating budget deficit. Agents in the foreign exchange market know the policy maker’s objective function and build expectations of a regime switch into interest rate differentials. The resulting rise in interest rates affects the policy maker’s decision to switch the regime. We show that a rational expectations equilibrium exists where it is optimal to abandon the fixed exchange rate regime.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: currency crisis, speculative attack, rational expectations equilibrium

JEL Classification: E43, F31, F32, P33

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Date posted: June 16, 2011  

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Kirsanova, Tatiana and Vines, David, Government Budget, Oil Prices and Currency Crisis in Russia (August 21, 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1865716

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Tatiana Kirsanova (Contact Author)
University of Glasgow ( email )
Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom
David Vines
University of Oxford - Balliol College - Department of Economics ( email )
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Australian National University (ANU)
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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