Expected Devaluation and Economic Fundamentals

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Alun H. Thomas

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - European Department

Date Written: November 1993


Recent incidents of exchange rate collapse have provoked interest in the extent to which such events are determined by economic fundamentals. This paper considers whether interest rate differentials are appropriate measures of the risk of devaluation and whether this measure of devaluation risk reflects the movements of variables which capture internal and external balance. The paper finds that interest rate differentials reflect devaluation risk but that movements in fundamental variables have only a weak effect on devaluation risk in France and Italy. The most significant influence on devaluation risk is the position of the currency in its band in that the lower is the exchange value of a currency within the band, the greater is the perceived risk of devaluation.

JEL Classification: F31

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Alun, Expected Devaluation and Economic Fundamentals (November 1993). IMF Working Paper No. 93/83, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=883809

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