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Zone-quadratic preference, asymmetry and international reserve accretion in India: An empirical investigation

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  • Srinivasan, Naveen
  • Kumar, Sudhanshu

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Empirical estimates of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) intervention reaction function suggest that the central bank actively intervenes in the foreign exchange market to contain volatility but this intervention is neither continuous nor linear. It is better described by a nonlinear policy reaction function with a target range as opposed to a point target. It responds much more vigorously to appreciating or depreciating pressure outside the target range but the response is much more muted within the range. Moreover, the tolerance band is asymmetric i.e., the RBI responds much more strongly to appreciating pressure than depreciating pressure. Such a policy response in an era of continuous net capital inflows accounts for the large build-up in foreign exchange reserves witnessed in India in the recent past.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

Volume (Year): 22 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 253-263

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Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:22:y:2012:i:2:p:253-263

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Keywords: International Reserves; Monetary policy; Exchange rate; Target range; Asymmetry;

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