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Book chapter

The Impact of Exchange Rate Policy on Interest Rates and Sovereign CDS Spreads Dynamics: Lessons from the Russian Experience

P. 108-119.

After the collapse of the crawling peg exchange rate regimes during the Emerging markets crisis in the late 90's, the so-called «hollowing out of the middle ground» view of exchange rate regimes gained ground. For example, Fischer (2001) argued that intermediate exchange rate regimes are crisis-prone and not viable over long periods of time. In accordance with this intellectual trend, a number of countries (Brazil, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines and Turkey) de jure adopted floating exchange rate policies. Nevertheless, Calvo and Reinhart (2002) have pointed out that the central banks of these countries often de facto manage their exchange rates and accumulate a large «war chest» of foreign currency reserves, a phenomenon they call «fear of floating».