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An Empirical Exploration of Exchange Rate Target-Zones

  • Robert P. Flood
  • Andrew K. Rose
  • Donald J. Mathieson

In the context of a flexible-price monetary exchange rate model and the assumption of uncovered interest parity, we obtain a measure of the fundamental determinant of exchange rates. Daily data for the European Monetary System are used to explore the importance of non-linearities in the relationship between the exchange rates and fundamentals. Many implications of existing "target-zone" exchange rate models are tested; little support is found for existing non-linear models of limited exchange rate flexibility.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3543.

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Date of creation: Dec 1990
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Publication status: published as Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 1991.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3543
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  9. Perron, Pierre, 1988. "Trends and random walks in macroeconomic time series : Further evidence from a new approach," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 12(2-3), pages 297-332.
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