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Exchange Rate Policies at the Zero Lower Bound

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  • Manuel Amador
  • Javier Bianchi
  • Luigi Bocola
  • Fabrizio Perri

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Recently, several economies with interest rates close to zero have received large capital inflows while their central banks accumulated large foreign reserves. Concurrently, significant deviations from covered interest parity have appeared. We show that, with limited international arbitrage, a central bank’s pursuit of an exchange rate policy at the ZLB can explain these facts. We provide a measure of the costs associated with this policy and show they can be sizable. Changes in external conditions that increase capital inflows are detrimental, even when they are beneficial away from the ZLB. Negative nominal rates and capital controls can reduce the costs.

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  • Manuel Amador & Javier Bianchi & Luigi Bocola & Fabrizio Perri, 2017. "Exchange Rate Policies at the Zero Lower Bound," NBER Working Papers 23266, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23266 Note: AP EFG IFM ME
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    1. Corsetti, Giancarlo & Kuester, Keith & Müller, Gernot, 2016. "The Case for Flexible Exchange Rates in a Great Recession," CEPR Discussion Papers 11432, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Giancarlo Corsetti & Keith Kuester & Gernot J. Müller, 2017. "Fixed on Flexible: Rethinking Exchange Rate Regimes after the Great Recession," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 65(3), pages 586-632, August.
    3. Heipertz, Jonas & Mihov, Ilian & Santacreu, Ana Maria, 2017. "The Exchange Rate as an Instrument of Monetary Policy," Working Papers 2017-28, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
    4. Corsetti, Giancarlo & Kuester, Keith & Müller, Gernot J., 2017. "Fixed on flexible rethink exchange rate regimes after the Great Recession," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 86154, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Wenxin Du & Alexander Tepper & Adrien Verdelhan, 2017. "Deviations from Covered Interest Rate Parity," NBER Working Papers 23170, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements

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