Fiscal Policy And Economic Development
Source: International Monetary Fund
The significant real exchange rate appreciation in Armenia and Georgia since 2003, coupled with persistent current account deficits, raises the question of whether real exchange rates have become overvalued. This paper seeks to identify possible exchange rate misalignment by applying the behavioral equilibrium exchange rate approach, complemented by an analysis of the traditional competitiveness indicators. The results indicate an undervaluation of the Armenian dram and no significant misalignment of the Georgian lari in 2006. This paper seeks to investigate whether the recent real appreciation represents realignment toward equilibrium, or whether it has caused a misalignment in the real exchange rates.