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Tests for Nonlinearity in EMS Exchange Rates

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  • Vilasuso Jon

    () (Department of Economics and Finance Clarkson University)

  • Cunningham Steve

    () (Department of Economics University of Connecticut)

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This paper tests for nonlinearity in EMS exchange rates using the bispectrum. The early experience of the ERM witnessed numerous realignments. We find that exchange rates follow a linear process over the period 1979-1987, consistent with the predictions of the realignment target zone model, where a stabilizing nonlinearity is absent. But from 1987-1992, no realignments occurred, and many currencies conformed to a nonlinear process, consistent with the credible target zone model where an inherent nonlinearity stabilizes exchange rates. However, the Italian lira and the Irish pound follow a linear process, which suggests that a target zone has not proven effective in stabilizing exchange rates.

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  • Vilasuso Jon & Cunningham Steve, 1996. "Tests for Nonlinearity in EMS Exchange Rates," Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, De Gruyter, vol. 1(3), pages 1-16, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:sndecm:v:1:y:1996:i:3:n:3
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    1. Jesús Rodríguez López & Hugo Rodríguez Mendizábal, 2007. "The Optimal Degree of Exchange Rate Flexibility: a Target Zone Approach," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(4), pages 803-822, September.
    2. Bernd Brandl & Christian Keber & Matthias Schuster, 2006. "An automated econometric decision support system: forecasts for foreign exchange trades," Central European Journal of Operations Research, Springer;Slovak Society for Operations Research;Hungarian Operational Research Society;Czech Society for Operations Research;Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR);Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research;Croatian Operational Research Society, vol. 14(4), pages 401-415, December.
    3. Kian-Ping Lim & Venus Khim-Sen Liew, 2003. "Testing for Non-Linearity in ASEAN Financial Markets," Finance 0308002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Jelena Zubkova & Egils Kauzens & Ivars Tillers & Martins Prusis, 2002. "Financial Market in Latvia," Working Papers 2002/02, Latvijas Banka.

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