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Identifying the Effects of Monetary Policy Shocks on Exchange Rates Using High Frequency Data

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  • Jon Faust

    (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System)

  • John H. Rogers

    (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System)

  • Eric Swanson

    (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System)

  • Jonathan H. Wright

    (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System)

Abstract

This paper proposes a new approach to identifying the effects of monetary policy shocks in an international vector autoregression. Using high-frequency data on the prices of Fed Funds futures contracts, we measure the impact of the surprise component of the FOMC-day Federal Reserve policy decision on financial variables, such as the exchange rate and the foreign interest rate. We show how this information can be used to achieve identification without having to make the usual strong assumption of a recursive ordering. (JEL: C32, E52, F30) Copyright (c) 2003 The European Economic Association.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 1 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 (09)
Pages: 1031-1057

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