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Emu, Exchange Rate Volatility and Bid-Ask Spreads

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  • Nuno Cassola
  • Carlos Santos

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This study deals with two issues related to the determination of exchange rate bid-ask spreads in the transition to EMU. First, we discuss how a credible announcement of conversion rates affects exchange rate volatility in the run up to the introduction of the Euro. Second, we discuss the theoretical relation that exists between exchange rate uncertainty and the bid-ask spread. The theory suggests that there is a positive association between exchange rate uncertainty and transaction costs and that we should observe a gradual reduction of exchange rate volatility in the transition to EMU. This theory implies a gradual shrinking of the bid-ask spread during the transition period. These conjectures are subject to empirical testing in the case of the exchange rate of the Portuguese escudo against the Deutsche Mark.

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  • Nuno Cassola & Carlos Santos, 1998. "Emu, Exchange Rate Volatility and Bid-Ask Spreads," Working Papers w199805, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ptu:wpaper:w199805
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    1. Gourieroux, C. & Monfort, A. & Trognon, A., 1985. "A General Approach to Serial Correlation," Econometric Theory, Cambridge University Press, vol. 1(03), pages 315-340, December.
    2. Paul Krugman & Marcus Miller, 1992. "Exchange Rate Targets and Currency Bands," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number krug92-1, April.
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    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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