Risk and Asian Exchange Rate Regimes
13 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2005
Date Written: March 2005
A panel regression gives evidence that more flexibility in Asian exchange rates reduces risk associated with bank borrowing abroad, but deviations from mean exchange rates, and from the renminbi, increase risk. Since the exchange rate regime affects bank behavior and the incentives to hedge, the results broadly support the bank run over the moral hazard view of twin banking and currency crisis. The results suggest that flexibility in exchange rates is required for Asian EMEs, but the flexibility has to be limited, and it depends on more flexibility in the renminbi. This has implications for current global imbalances in reserves and feasible adjustment paths.
Keywords: exchange rate flexibility, risk, hedging, moral hazard, bank runs
JEL Classification: F0, F3, F31
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