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Do Exchange Auctions Work? An Examination of the Bolivian Experience

Kathryn M. Dominguez

NBER Working Paper No. 3683
Issued in April 1991
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM

The Bolivian experience suggests that, even in highly indexed economies, exchange rate auctions can work. After introduction of its auction, the Bolsin, not only did the parallel market premium for dollars all but disappear in Bolivia, but the Boliviano exchange rate remained surprisingly stable. This paper examines how the Bolsin accomplished this. The empirical evidence from daily auction data suggests that credit for the Bolsin's success should be attributed largely to central bank policy at the auction rather than the auction as an institution.

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