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Estimating Equilibrium Exchange Rates

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  • John Williamson

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

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The problems of exchange rate misalignments and the resulting payments imbalances have plagued the world economy for decades. At the Louvre Accord of 1987 the Group of Five industrial countries adopted a system of reference ranges for exchange rate management, influenced by proposals of C. Fred Bergsten and John Williamson for a target zone system. The reference range approach has, however, been operated only intermittently and half-heartedly, and questions continue to be raised in policy and scholarly circles about the design and operation of a full-fledged target zone regime. This collection of essays by leading international economists explores one crucial issue in the design of a target zone system: the problem of calculating the fundamental equilibrium exchange rate (FEER). Williamson contributes an overview of the policy and analytic issues and a second essay on his own calculations. Other contributors discuss the conceptual and empirical issues involved in their own approaches to estimating equilibrium rates. Stanley Black provides a concluding appraisal of the state of the art.

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  • John Williamson, 1994. "Estimating Equilibrium Exchange Rates," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 17.
  • Handle: RePEc:iie:ppress:17
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