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The Global Implications of Regional Exchange Rate Regimes

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  • Harris Dellas

    (University of Bern, CEPR, IMOP)

  • George Tavlas

    (Bank of Greece)

Abstract

We examine the implications of a regional fixed exchange rate regime for global exchange rate volatility. We find that the concept of the optimum currency area plays a key role. There are significant effects on the volatility of the remaining flexible parities when the countries participating in the regional peg ¡V the ¡§ins¡¨ ¡V are not an optimum currency area. Or, but to a smaller extent, when the ¡§ins¡¨ and the ¡§outs¡¨ are asymmetric with regard to labor market flexibility and monetary policy conduct. Our analysis also suggests that greater global exchange rate stability would be more likely to be obtained if the U.S. rather than the EU targeted the EUR/USD rate.

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  • Harris Dellas & George Tavlas, 2003. "The Global Implications of Regional Exchange Rate Regimes," Working Papers 082003, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:082003
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    Cited by:

    1. Otmar Issing, 2006. "Europe's Hard Fix: The Euro Area," Working Papers 39, Bank of Greece.
    2. P. Swamy & George Tavlas, 2007. "The New Keynesian Phillips Curve and Inflation Expectations: Re-Specification and Interpretation," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 31(2), pages 293-306, May.
    3. George A. Christodoulakis & Stephen E Satchell, 2006. "Exact Elliptical Distributions for Models of Conditionally Random Financial Volatility," Working Papers 32, Bank of Greece.
    4. Eleni Angelopoulou, 2005. "The Comparative Performance of Q-type and Dynamic Models of Firm Investment: Empirical Evidence from the UK," Working Papers 27, Bank of Greece.

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    Keywords

    Regional exhange rate systems; global exchange rate volatility; optimum currency area;

    JEL classification:

    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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