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The European Exchange Rate Mechanism and the Volatility of the Sterling-Deutschemark Exchange Rate

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  • Pesaran, B
  • Robinson, G

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Sterling membership of the ERM focused interest on the sterling-deutsche mark exchange rate, with commentators predicting a reduction in exchange rate volatility. This paper analyzes the sterling-deutsche mark rate pre- and post-ERM entry, and finds that ERM membership significantly reduced volatility. This reduction in volatility is characterized by the disappearance of ARCH effects, evident prior to ERM membership. The paper argues that the disappearance of ARCH is probably associated with a reduction in activity of speculators, particularly technical analysts. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Pesaran, B & Robinson, G, 1993. "The European Exchange Rate Mechanism and the Volatility of the Sterling-Deutschemark Exchange Rate," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 103(421), pages 1418-1431, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:103:y:1993:i:421:p:1418-31
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    1. Jérôme Creel & Henri Sterdyniak, 1998. "À propos de la volatilité de l'euro," Revue de l'OFCE, Programme National Persée, vol. 65(1), pages 199-226.
    2. Jérôme Creel & Henri Sterdyniak, 1998. "Discussing Euro Volatility," Sciences Po publications 98-03, Sciences Po.
    3. Fayolle, J. & Micolet, P-E., 1998. "Cycles internationaux et européens: éléments pour une problématique appliquée," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 1998-01, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
    4. Chadha, Jagjit S. & Nolan, Charles, 2001. "Inflation Targeting, Transparency and Interest Rate Volatility: Ditching Monetary Mystique in the U.K," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, pages 349-366.
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    7. Lim, Terence & Lo, Andrew W. & Merton, Robert C. & Scholes, Myron S., 2006. "The Derivatives Sourcebook," Foundations and Trends(R) in Finance, now publishers, vol. 1(5–6), pages 365-572, April.

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