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Tracking the Euro

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  • Vincent Koen
  • Laurence Boone
  • Alain de Serres
  • Nicola Fuchs

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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 ...

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  • Vincent Koen & Laurence Boone & Alain de Serres & Nicola Fuchs, 2001. "Tracking the Euro," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 298, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:298-en
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    Keywords

    BCE; capital flows; ECB; euro; Euro; eurosystem; Eurosystème; exchange rates; flux de capitaux; intervention; intervention; overshooting; surajustement; taux de change;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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