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The "Lack" of Volatility Trade-Offs in Exchange Rate Zones with Sticky Prices


  • Elias D. Belessakos

    (New York Life Investment Management, U.S.A.)

  • Christos I. Giannikos

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Baruch College, U.S.A.)


In target zone regimes, volatility trade-offs between the nominal exchange rate and the nominal interest rate differential depend on the underlying monetary model assumption. In an economy with price rigidities there exists no such trade-off when the exchange rate overshoots.

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  • Elias D. Belessakos & Christos I. Giannikos, 2002. "The "Lack" of Volatility Trade-Offs in Exchange Rate Zones with Sticky Prices," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 1(1), pages 69-78, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:1:y:2002:i:1:p:69-78

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    1. Lai, Ching-chong & Fang, Chung-rou & Chang, Juin-jen, 2008. "Volatility trade-offs in exchange rate target zones," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 366-379.
    2. Chen, Li-Ju & Hu, Shih-Wen & Wang, Vey & Wen, Jiandong & Ye, Chusheng, 2014. "The effects of purchasing and price subsidy policies for agricultural products under target zones," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 439-447.

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    exchange rate; target zones; volatility trade-offs; sticky prices; overshooting;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects


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