Sudden stops and the adjustment of real exchange rates to current account deficits

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Citation Formats
Ö. Doğanay Yaşar, “Sudden stops and the adjustment of real exchange rates to current account deficits,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.