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New evidence on the effects of US monetary policy on exchange rates

  • Kalyvitis, Sarantis
  • Michaelides, Alexander

We examine the impact of US monetary policy shocks on exchange rates using the monetary policy indicator proposed by Bernanke and Mihov [Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113 (1998) 869–902]. We find evidence for instantaneous, rather than delayed, US dollar overshooting after a monetary shock when relative output and relative prices are included in the VAR specification. The forward premium puzzle persists due to the interest rate differential response.

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Volume (Year): 71 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 255-263

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:71:y:2001:i:2:p:255-263
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