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Assessing the Equilibrium Exchange Rate of the Malaysian Ringgit: A Comparison of Alternative Approaches


  • Isabell Koske


Drawing on the behavioral equilibrium exchange rate and the fundamental equilibrium exchange rate approaches, this paper assesses the equilibrium value of the real effective exchange rate of the Malaysian ringgit over the past 25 years. For 2005, when the Malaysian authorities exited from the peg with the US dollar, both models determine a slight undervaluation of the currency. Openness and real GDP per capita have been the main drivers of real exchange rate movements in the past, although non-tradable productivity, government consumption, and net foreign assets have also had a sizable impact. The paper also highlights the limitations of applying the two approaches in the context of emerging countries. Copyright 2008 The Author. Journal compilation 2008 East Asian Economic Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Isabell Koske, 2008. "Assessing the Equilibrium Exchange Rate of the Malaysian Ringgit: A Comparison of Alternative Approaches," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 22(2), pages 179-208, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:asiaec:v:22:y:2008:i:2:p:179-208

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    1. Saang Joon Baak, 2011. "Measuring Misalignments in the Korean Exchange Rate (ROK Economic System Series No.19)," Discussion papers 1102, ERINA - Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia.
    2. Saang Joon Baak, 2015. "Is the Yen Undervalued?," Discussion papers 1503, ERINA - Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia.
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    4. Baak, SaangJoon, 2012. "Measuring misalignments in the Korean exchange rate," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 227-234.

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