IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Tracking the Euro

Listed author(s):
  • Vincent Koen
  • Laurence Boone
  • Alain de Serres
  • Nicola Fuchs

During the first two years of monetary union, the euro's weakness surprised most market participants. Explanations proliferated ranging from fundamentals such as differences in growth prospects to psychological factors such as herd behaviour, but no single story fully accounts for the observed exchange rate path. Based on an eclectic approach, this paper offers an empirical analysis showing that terms-of-trade and saving/investment behaviour seem to have driven the euro exchange rate over the medium and longer run. While such econometric estimates ought to be interpreted with due care, they do support the view that towards the end of 2000, the euro was significantly undervalued ... Pendant les deux premières années de l'union monétaire, la faiblesse de l'euro a surpris la plupart des participants aux marchés. Les explications se sont multipliées allant de fondamentaux tels que les différentiels de croissance anticipés aux facteurs psychologiques tels que les comportements grégaires, mais aucune d'entre elles ne rend compte pleinement à elle seule de la trajectoire du taux de change. Partant d'une approche éclectique, ce papier propose une analyse empirique montrant que les termes de l'échange et les comportements d'épargne/investissement ont apparemment sous-tendu l'évolution du taux de change à moyen et plus long terme. Même si des estimations de ce type doivent être interprétées avec précaution, elles confortent le sentiment que vers la fin de l'année 2000 l'euro était significativement sousévalué ...

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 298.

in new window

Date of creation: 11 Jun 2001
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:298-en
Contact details of provider: Postal:
2 rue Andre Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16

Phone: 33-(0)-1-45 24 82 00
Fax: 33-(0)-1-45 24 85 00
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:298-en. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.