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Foreign exchange market interventions and the $-¥ exchange rate in the long run

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  • Joscha Beckmann
  • Ansgar Belke
  • Michael Kühl

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This article examines whether foreign exchange market interventions conducted by the Bank of Japan are important for the dollar-yen exchange rate in the long run. We rely on a re-examination of the empirical performance of a monetary exchange rate model. This is basically not a new topic; however, we focus on two new questions. First, does the consideration of periods of massive interventions in the foreign exchange market uncover a potential long-run relationship between the exchange rate and its fundamentals? Second, do Forex interventions support the adjustment towards a long-run equilibrium value? Our results suggest that taking periods of interventions into account within a monetary model does improve the goodness of fit of an identified long-run relationship to a significant degree. Furthermore, Forex interventions increase the speed of adjustment towards long-run equilibrium in some periods, particularly in periods of coordinated forex interventions. Our results indicate that only coordinated interventions seem to stabilize the dollar-yen exchange rate in a long-run perspective.

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  • Joscha Beckmann & Ansgar Belke & Michael Kühl, 2015. "Foreign exchange market interventions and the $-¥ exchange rate in the long run," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(38), pages 4037-4055, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:47:y:2015:i:38:p:4037-4055
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1013621
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    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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