Is Dollarisation a Viable Option for Latin America?
Published: March 2001
In the aftermath of the East Asian financial crisis there has been much discussion of exchange rate policy in developing countries. Some observers have suggested that they should opt either for flexible exchange rates or for firmly fixed rates. Adopting the US dollar as legal tender and abandoning the domestic currency is one possibility. In conditions of economic crisis Ecuador dollarised in early 2000. Will other Latin American economies follow or will Ecuador live to regret the decision? This article assesses the arguments.