Book Chapter

Asian crises Theory, evidence, warning signals

Jerome L Stein, Guay C Lim

DEBT, RISK AND LIQUIDITY IN FUTURES MARKETS | ROUTLEDGE | Published : 2008

Abstract

In July 1997, the economies of East Asia became embroiled in one of the worst financial crises of the postwar period. Yet, prior to the crisis, these economies were seen as models of economic growth experiencing sustained growth rates that exceeded those earlier thought unattainable. Why did the market not anticipate the crises? To this end, we review the Asian financial crisis from two related perspectives - whether the crisis was precipitated by a failure of the real exchange rate to be aligned with its fundamental determinants and/or whether the crisis was precipitated by a divergence of the foreign debt from its optimal path. The first perspective is based on a coherent theory of the equ..

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