IMF and World Bank disagree about competitive devaluations

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The Real Fight to Win the International Currency Wars

By Mehreen Khan
The Telegraph, London
Saturday, October 10, 2015

China's decision to tweak its exchange rate peg with the dollar in August provoked reactionary howls of derision -- from the United States to India -- that Beijing was gearing up for a new wave of international currency warfare.

But do currency wars really work?

Ahead of its bi-annual World Economic Outlook in Peru this week, the International Monetary Fund has waded into the debate. It published a comprehensive set of findings confirming that weaker currencies are still an effective tool for economies to grow their way out of trouble.

An exchange rate depreciation of around 1 0percent, said the IMF, results on average in a rise in exports that will add 1.5 percent to an economy's output.

But both the research and the timing are not uncontroversial. ...

... For the remainder of the report:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11918882/The-real-battle-to...



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