Currency Crises and the Real Economy: The Role of Banks
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department
IMF Working Paper No. 01/49
This paper shows that the quality of banks within each country is one of the important factors that can account for the fact that developing economies tend to suffer more severe output contractions in the wake of a currency crisis than more mature economies. In particular, countries with a banking sector whose balance sheets are healthy, in terms of having high net worth and low foreign currency exposure, are much less likely to suffer a contraction in the wake of an unexpected depreciation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: currency crisis, banking crisis, foreign currency debt, balance sheet, output
JEL Classification: E44, E50, F32, F34
Date posted: January 29, 2006