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An empirical examination of exchange-rate credibility determinants in the EMS

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  • Francisco Ledesma-Rodriguez
  • Jorge Perez-Rodriguez
  • Simon Sosvilla-Rivero

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This study provides empirical evidence on the determinants of exchange rate credibility under the European Monetary System (EMS). To that end, it considers both economic variables and political factors using data of eight currencies participating in the Exchange Rate Mechanism, covering the complete EMS history (1979 to 1998). The results suggest that the level of international reserves, the real interest rate and right-wing governments would have positively affected the credibility of a given central parity, while the unemployment rate and the inflation rate would have negatively influenced such credibility.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
Issue (Month): 13 ()
Pages: 847-850

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:13:y:2006:i:13:p:847-850

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