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Discrete Policy Interventions and Rational Forecast Errors in Foreign Exchange Markets: The Uncovered Interest Parity Hypothesis Revisited

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  • Kirikos, Dimitris G

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This paper combines policy response explanations of the uncovered interest parity puzzle with a time series approach that accounts for discrete central bank interventions. When monetary authorities manage the interest rate differential through an anti-inflationary policy rule, which allows for discrete shifts, then a stochastic segmented trends representation seems appropriate for the exchange rate and the interest rate differential series. In this setting, rational forecast errors are possible, and a test of the uncovered parity hypothesis, based on the cross-equation restrictions on a Markov switching process, suggests that the parity relationship cannot be rejected for three European currencies vis-a-vis the US dollar. Copyright @ 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Kirikos, Dimitris G, 2002. "Discrete Policy Interventions and Rational Forecast Errors in Foreign Exchange Markets: The Uncovered Interest Parity Hypothesis Revisited," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 7(4), pages 327-338, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:7:y:2002:i:4:p:327-38
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    1. Lee, Hsiu-Yun, 2011. "Nonlinear exchange rate dynamics under stochastic official intervention," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 1510-1518, July.
    2. Lee, Hsiu-Yun & Chen, Show-Lin, 2006. "Why use Markov-switching models in exchange rate prediction?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 662-668, July.
    3. Beyaert, Arielle & Garcia-Solanes, Jose & Perez-Castejon, Juan J., 2007. "Uncovered interest parity with switching regimes," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 189-202, March.
    4. Tigran Poghosyan & Evzen Kocenda, 2006. "Foreign Exchange Risk Premium Determinants: Case of Armenia," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp297, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague.
    5. Tigran Poghosyan & Evžen KoÄenda & Petr ZemÄik, 2008. "Modeling Foreign Exchange Risk Premium in Armenia," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(1), pages 41-61, January.
    6. Lee, Hsiu-Yun & Lai, Hung-Pin, 2011. "A structural threshold model of the exchange rate under optimal intervention," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 931-946, October.

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