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Exchange rate effects of financial regulations

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  • Perez-Reyna, David
  • Villamizar-Villegas, Mauricio

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In this paper we analyze the effects of financial constraints on the exchange rate through the portfolio balance channel. We use a sharp policy discontinuity within the Colombian financial system to empirically test for the portfolio balance channel, using high frequency data during the period of 2004–2015. Our findings suggest that the effects on the exchange rate are short-lived and significant only when banking constraints are binding. To understand the mechanism behind this result we construct a tractable two-period general equilibrium model in which banking limits on foreign holdings inhibit capital flows. When these limits bind, departures from the uncovered interest rate parity enable sterilized foreign exchange interventions to influence the exchange rate.

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  • Perez-Reyna, David & Villamizar-Villegas, Mauricio, 2019. "Exchange rate effects of financial regulations," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 96(C), pages 228-245.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:96:y:2019:i:c:p:228-245
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2019.05.008
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    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
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