CFDP 1433

Risk and Wealth in a Model of Self-Fulfilling Currency Attacks

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Publication Date: September 2003

Pages: 25

Abstract: 

We analyze the effect of risk aversion, wealth and portfolios on the behavior of investors in a global game model of currency crises with continuous action choices. The model generates a rich set of striking theoretical predictions. For example, risk aversion makes currency crises significantly less likely; increased wealth makes crises more likely; and foreign direct investment (illiquid investments in the target currency) make crises more likely. Our results extend linearly to a heterogeneous agent population.

Keywords: 

Currency crisis, Sunspots, Global games, Risk aversion, Wealth, Portfolio

JEL Classification Codes:  F3, D8