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Changing Monetary Policy Rules, Learning, and Real Exchange Rate Dynamics

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  • NELSON C. MARK

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When the exchange rate is priced by uncovered interest parity and central banks set nominal interest rates according to a reaction function such as the Taylor rule, the real exchange rate will be determined by expected inflation and the output gap or the unemployment gap of the home and foreign countries. This paper examines the implications of these Taylor rule fundamentals for real exchange rate determination. Because the true parameters in central bank policy rules are unknown to the public and change over time, the model is presented in the context of a least squares learning environment. This simple learning model captures the volatility and the major swings in the real deutschemark/euro-dollar exchange rate from 1976 to 2007. Copyright (c) 2009 The Ohio State University.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (09)
Pages: 1047-1070

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