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  • Gregor W. Smith

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    (Queen's University)

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Economists often describe nominal exchange rates as forward-looking, so that they reflect discounted, expected, future fundamentals. This study applies a method for identifying the discount rate involved, without knowing or measuring fundamentals. Identification arises from assumptions on the stochastic process followed by fundamentals, combined with nonlinearity arising from expected future regime changes. Two applications yield evidence against the present-value model in the form of discount rates which are negative and statistically significant.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1248.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Jul 1995
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Publication status: forthcoming in the Journal of International Money and Finance
Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1248

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Keywords: floating exchange rates; regime switching;

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  1. Smith, Gregor W & Smith, R Todd, 1990. "Stochastic Process Switching and the Return to Gold, 1925," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 100(399), pages 164-75, March.
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