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Foreign Exchange Intervention and International Policy Coordination: Comparing the G-3 and EMS Experience

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  • Weber, Axel A
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    The paper aims to develop understanding of why and how central banks have intervened in foreign exchange markets, and whether intervention was (i) coordinated, (ii) sterilized, and (iii) effective. The experience in the G-3 context is compared with the past EMS experience. In addition to foreign exchange intervention, the issue of international monetary policy coordination is discussed, again both within the G-3 and the EMS context. It is shown that the G-3 countries have relied primarily on coordinated intervention without any significant commitment to other forms of policy coordination in stabilizing exchange rates. The EMS countries, on the other hand, have at least to some extent resorted to short-term interest rate policy coordination in addition to coordinated intervention.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1038.

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    Date of creation: Oct 1994
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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1038

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    Keywords: Central Bank Intervention; European Monetary System; Exchange Rates; International Policy Coordination; Sterilization;

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    1. Reitz, Stefan & Taylor, Mark P., 2006. "The coordination channel of foreign exchange intervention: a nonlinear microstructural analysis," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2006,08, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
    2. Flandreau, Marc, 1998. "The burden of intervention: externalities in multilateral exchange rates arrangements," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 137-171, June.

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