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On the won and other East Asian currencies

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  • Menzie David Chinn

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A sticky price monetary model (Frankel, 1979) of exchange rates is applied to quarterly data on seven currencies: the Indonesian rupiah, Korean won, Malaysian ringgit, Philippine peso, Singapore dollar, Taiwanese dollar and the Thai baht. The model proves empirically unsuccessful, except in the case of the baht, and to a lesser extent, the Singapore dollar. A monetary model, augmented by the relative price of nontradables, is developed. This relative price variable proxies for the Balassa-Samuelson effect in East Asian real exchange rates identified in Chinn (1997b). The Korean won is best described by this modified model, while the Indonesian rupiah, Philippine peso and Taiwanese dollar also fit the model's long run predictions. On the other hand, the Malaysian ringgit proves difficult to econometrically model. This inability is disappointing because these two currencies have recently been allowed to float more freely.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in its series Pacific Basin Working Paper Series with number 97-07.

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Keywords: Won; Korean ; Econometric models ; Foreign exchange rates ; East Asia;

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  6. Balázs Égert, 2013. "Dutch Disease in the Post-Soviet Countries of Central and South-West Asia: How Contagious is it?," EconomiX Working Papers 2013-10, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
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