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Estimating Credibility in Colombia's Exchange Rate Target Zone

Estimating credibility in Colombia's exchange rate target zone Estimating credibility in Colombia´s exchange rate target zone

Explaining time to bank failure in Colombia during the financial crisis of the late 1990s


Failing and Merging as Competing Alternatives during Times of Financial Distress: Evidence from the Colombian Financial Crisis

This paper studies the determinants of individual bank failures and M&A processes in Colombia during the financial crisis of the late 1990s. Using bank-specific data we estimate competing risk hazards models and find that while profitability and capitalization are the most important...

Firm Productivity and Cities: The Case of Colombia


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Foreign and Domestic Firms in Colombia: How Do They Differ?

This paper studies foreign and domestic firms in Colombia and, in particular, whether these firms behave differently.   The study uses a dataset containing the 2003 balance sheets and income statements for some 7,001 firms.  The dataset was obtained from the Superintendencia de Sociedades.

Health Status and Labor Force Participation: Evidence for Urban Low and Middle Income Individuals in Colombia

This paper uses the first wave of the Colombian Longitudinal Survey (ELCA) to analyze the relationship between individual health status and labor force participation. The empirical modeling strategy accounts for the presence of potential endogeneity between these two variables.

Improving the Measurement of Core Inflation in Colombia Using Asymmetric Trimmed Means

The study evaluates the virtues of asymmetric trimmed means as efficient estimators of inflation for Colombia, an economy with high and variable inflation rates. Results suggest that the proposed indicators are more efficient than alternative indexes and are particularly suited for environments...

Inflation Targeting in Colombia, 2002-2012

After decades using monetary aggregates as the main instrument of monetary policy and having different varieties of crawling peg exchange rate regimes, Colombia adopted a full-fledged inflation-targeting (IT) regime in 1999, with inflation as the nominal anchor, a floating exchange rate, and the...

Interregional Input-Output Matrix for Colombia, 2012

This paper reports on the recent developments in the construction of an interregional input-output matrix for Colombia (IIOM-COL). As part of an ongoing project that aims to update an interregional CGE (ICGE) model for the country, the CEER model, a fully specified interregional input-output...

Job Vacancies in Colombia: 1976-2012

Based on the counting of Help-wanted advertisements in print newspapers, we present national vacancy indexes and vacancy rates for Colombia. These series will allow tackling a myriad of questions related to the functioning of the labor markets in emerging economies, where such datasets were not...

Leverage Pro-cyclicality and Bank Balance Sheet in Colombia

The recent financial crisis has renewed the interest of economists, both at the theoretical and empirical level, in developing a better understanding of credit and its mechanisms. A rapidly growing strand of the literature views banks as facing funding restrictions that...

Monetary Neutrality in the Colombian Real Exchange Rate

Monetary neutrality in the colombian Monetary neutrality in the Colombian real exchange rate

Monetary policy implications for an oil-exporting economy of lower long-run international oil prices

The sudden collapse of oil prices poses a challenge to inflation targeting central banks in oil exporting economies. This paper illustrates that challenge and conducts a quantitative assessment of the impact of permanent changes in oil prices in a small and open economy, in which oil represents...

Multimarket spatial competition in the Colombian deposit market

This paper presents a multimarket spatial competition oligopoly model for the Colombian deposit market, in line with the New Empirical Industrial Organization (NEIO) approach. In this framework, banks use price and non-price strategies to compete in the market, which allows us to analyze the...

Municipal Fiscal Health in Colombian Main Cities


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On the Dynamics of Unemployment in a Developing Economy: Colombia

This paper estimates an asymmetric error correction model to analyse the dynamic behaviour of the Colombian unemployment rate. We find evidence that wages above their long-run equilibrium level do increase unemployment, but wages below this level do not reduce it.

Optimal Monetary Policy and Asset Prices: The case of Colombia

The unfolding of the 2007 world financial and economic crisis has highlighted the vulnerability of real economic activity to strong fluctuations in asset prices. Which is the optimal monetary policy in an economy like the Colombian that is exposed to swings in asset prices?...

Optimal Monetary Policy and Asset Prices: the Case of Colombia

The unfolding of the 2007 world financial and economic crisis has highlighted the vulnerability of real economic activity to strong fluctuations in asset prices. Which is the optimal monetary policy in an economy like the Colombian that is exposed to swings in asset prices? What is the...

Price Setting in the Argentine and Colombian Manufacturing Industry

A price-setting mechanism based on a markup over variable costs is studied for the quite different inflationary experiences of Argentina and Colombia. The paper pursues a twofold strategy: first, it test the null hypothesis of a constant markup against the alternative of a variable one; second,...

Procedural transparency in Latin American central banks under inflation targeting schemes. A text analysis of the minutes of the Boards of Directors

The disclosure of the minutes of the Boards of Directors of central banks (procedural transparency within the inflation targeting (IT) literature) implies the challenge of sending a clear message. Regardless of whether the document released is a brief, moderate, or highly detailed (verbatim)...


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