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Author Nagayasu, Jun, author

Title Currency crisis and contagion : evidence from exchange rates and sectoral stock indices of the Philippines and Thailand / Jun Nagayasu
Published [Washington, D.C.] : International Monetary Fund, Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (26 pages) : illustrations
Series IMF working paper ; WP/00/39
IMF working paper ; WP/00/39
Summary This paper analyzes empirically the recent Asian financial crisis (1997-98) using the time-series data of exchange rates and stock indices of the Philippines and Thailand2 which were the first two countries confronted by massive movements in financial asset prices. Before the eruption of the currency crisis, Thailand had maintained its currency, the baht, linked to a basket of other currencies weighted heavily to the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, Thailand's financial market came under continuous pressure in 1996, which continued with a series of speculative attacks beginning in early 1997. The Thai authorities attempted to defend the baht by increasing short-term interest rates and intervening heavily in the market, but despite their efforts, the currency was forced to float on July 2, 1997.3 Economic and financial turmoil in Thailand spread to neighboring countries including the Philippines, which is a relatively smaller economy with a solid financial market and economic fundamentals. 4 A massive devaluation of the Philippines' peso occurred on July 11, 1997, followed by the Malaysian ringgit on July 14, the Indonesian rupiah on August 14, and the South Korean won on December 16, 1997. A high probability of financial market crisis in Thailand was to some extent anticipated by the IMF (International Monetary Fund, 1998a); however, the size and the duration of the crisis and contagion seemed beyond anyone's expectations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 13-15)
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Subject Causation -- Econometric models.
Contagion (Social psychology) -- Philippines -- Econometric models.
Contagion (Social psychology) -- Thailand -- Econometric models.
Financial crises -- Philippines -- Econometric models.
Financial crises -- Thailand -- Econometric models.
Foreign exchange rates -- Philippines -- Econometric models.
Foreign exchange rates -- Thailand -- Econometric models.
Stock price indexes -- Philippines -- Econometric models.
Stock price indexes -- Thailand -- Econometric models.
Form Electronic book
Author International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department.
ISBN 1281602299