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Determinants of exchange rate practices: some empirical evidence from Thailand

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Although Thailand has achieved a spectacular average annual growth rate of 8% in the past two decades, due largely to the opening of the economy to international trade, there is not yet a consensus on the exchange rate regime that is most suited to the restoration of sustained growth in Thailand. This study empirically investigates the predictors of exchange rate regimes in Thailand using quarterly data spanning the period 1990:1 and 2002:3. Results indicate that the government is likely to choose a pegged exchange rate regime in periods of monetary shocks and unsustainable public finance whereas an open economy with a degree of economic development and foreign reserves will encourage the government to opt for a flexible exchange regime in Thailand.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Policy, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia 2: Economics and Foreign Affairs, The Federation of Thai Industries (F.T.I.), Thailand

Publication date: 2005-04-20

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