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Exchange rates and Fundamentals: What Do We Learn From Long-Horizon Regressions?

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  • Kilian, L.

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Long-horizon regression tests are widely used in empirical finance, despite evidence of severe size distortions. I propose a new bootstrap method for small-sample inference in long-horizon regressions. A Monte Carlo study shows that this bootstrap test greatly reduces the size distortions of conventional long-horizon regression tests. I also find that long-horizon regression tests do not have power advantages against economically plausible alternatives. The apparent lack of higher power at long horizons suggests that previous findings of increasing long-horizon predictability are more likely due to size distortions than to power gains. I illustrate the use of the bootstrap method by analyzing whether monetary fundamentals help predict changes in four major exchange rates.

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  • Kilian, L., 1997. "Exchange rates and Fundamentals: What Do We Learn From Long-Horizon Regressions?," Working Papers 401, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:mie:wpaper:401
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    Keywords

    REGRESSION ANALYSIS ; FINANCE ; EXCHANGE RATE ; FORECASTS;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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