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Methodology for an Early Warning System: The Signals Approach

Reinhart, Carmen and Goldstein, Morris and Kaminsky, Graciela (2000): Methodology for an Early Warning System: The Signals Approach. Published in: Assessing Financial Vulnerability: An Early Warning System for Emerging Markets, Institute for International Economics (2000)


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In this chapter we provide a brief review of the “signals” approach used in this book to assess the probability of a currency or a banking crisis. This methodology was first used to analyze the performance of a variety of macroeconomic and financial indicators around the “twin crises” in Kaminsky and Reinhart (1996) and is described in greater detail in Kaminsky, Lizondo, and Reinhart (1998). In the analysis that follows we focus on a sample of 25 countries over the period 1970 to 1995. The out-of-sample performance of the “signals” approach will be assessed using data for the January 1996-June 1997 period.

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