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Is Sterilized Intervention Effective? New International Evidence

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  • Pierre L. Siklos

    (Wilfrid Laurier University)

  • Diana N. Weymark

    (Vanderbilt University)

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This paper applies a new measure of the effectiveness of sterilized interventions to data for 16 economies. The measure is defined as the difference between ex ante(xaEMP) and ex post exchange market pressure(xpEMP). xaEMP is calculated on the basis of a counterfactual that no intervention takes place and this is the rationally expected policy. xpEMP is the degree of exchange market pressure that remains based on the actual intervention policy in place. Based on a sample of 12 emerging markets, and Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, we conclude that sterilized interventions have persistent exchange rate effects. However, we also show empirically that this success also took place during a period of substantial growth in foreign exchange reserves.

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  • Pierre L. Siklos & Diana N. Weymark, 2007. "Is Sterilized Intervention Effective? New International Evidence," Working Papers 142007, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
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    1. Cavoli, Tony & Rajan, Ramkishen S., 2015. "Capital inflows and the interest premium problem: The effects of monetary sterilisation in selected Asian economies," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 1-18.

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    exchange market pressure; foreign exchange intervention; emerging markets;

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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