The Role of Expectations in Sudden Stops
Title: The Role of Expectations in Sudden Stops
Author: MERTENS, Karel
Publisher: European University Institute
Series/Number: EUI ECO; 2007/16
This paper presents a flexible-price small open economy model with a “peso problem” in productivity states. Agents rationally adjust their beliefs about future productivity growth after the arrival of news. A downward revision of expectations triggers Sudden Stop, together with large declines in GDP, employment, consumption and investment. There need not be any actual change in productivity growth to generate large fluctuations. Quantitatively, the model goes a long way in matching the 1998 Korean Crisis and subsequent swift recovery.
Subject: E2; E3; F3; F4; sudden stops; small open economy; expectations; peso problem
Type of Access: openAccess