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Exchange Rate Regime And Monetary Policy Independence In East Asia

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  • ChangJin Kim
  • Jong-Wha Lee

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This paper investigates whether the choice of exchange rate regimes influences the sensitivity of domestic interest rates to international interest rates. We empirically analyse this issue in the context of East Asian economies by employing a regime switching model. We find that the sensitivity of local interest rates to international interest rates declined in Korea and Thailand after they adopted floating exchange rate regimes. We also find that Japan, with a floating exchange regime, has greater independence in monetary policy than a pegged economy such as Hong Kong. These empirical findings suggest that exchange rate flexibility provides greater monetary independence. Copyright 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Pacific Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 13 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 155-170

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Handle: RePEc:bla:pacecr:v:13:y:2008:i:2:p:155-170

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  2. Reade, J. James & Volz, Ulrich, 2011. "Leader of the pack? German monetary dominance in Europe prior to EMU," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1-2), pages 239-250, January.
  3. Hiroyuki Taguchi & Geethanjali Nataraj & Pravakar Sahoo, 2010. "Monetary Autonomy in Select Asian Economies : Role of International Reserves," Macroeconomics Working Papers 23116, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  4. Ghosh, Amit & Ghosh, Ramya, 2012. "Capital Controls, Exchange Rate Regime and Monetary Policy Independence in India," School of Economics Working Paper Series 2012-17, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University.
  5. Naoyuki Yoshino & Sahoko Kaji & Tamon Asonuma, 2011. "Dynamic Effect of Change in Exchange Rate System -From the Fixed Exchange Rate Regime to the Basket-peg or Floating Regime," Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Discussion Paper Series 2011-026, Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Program.
  6. Taguchi, Hiroyuki, 2011. "Monetary autonomy in emerging market economies: The role of foreign reserves," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 371-388.

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