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Conventional and unconventional approaches to exchange rate modelling and assessment

  • Ron Alquist

    (Department of Economics, University of Michigan, USA)

  • Menzie D. Chinn

    (Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, and Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin, USA)

We examine the relative predictive power of the sticky price monetary model, uncovered interest parity, and a transformation of net exports and net foreign assets. In addition to bringing Gourinchas and Rey's new approach and more recent data to bear, we implement the Clark-West procedure for testing the significance of out-of-sample forecasts. The interest rate parity relation holds better at long horizons and the net exports variable does well in predicting exchange rates at short horizons in sample. In out-of-sample forecasts, we find evidence that our proxy for Gourinchas and Rey's measure of external imbalances outperforms a random walk at short horizons as do some of the other models, although no single model uniformly beats the random walk forecast. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Finance & Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 2-13

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Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:13:y:2008:i:1:p:2-13
DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.354
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