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Real exchange rate persistence: The case of the Swiss franc-US dollar rate

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  • Katarina Juselius
  • Katrin Assenmacher-Wesche

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Asset prices tend to undergo wide swings around long-run equilibrium values, which can have detrimental effects on the real economy. To get a better understanding of how the financial sector and the real economy interact, this paper models the long swings in the Swiss franc-US dollar foreign currency market using the I(2) Cointegrated VAR model. The results show strong evidence of self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms in the Swiss-US foreign exchange market that are consistent with the observed pronounced persistence in Swiss-US parity conditions. Generally, the results provide support for models allowing expectations formation in financial markets to be based on imperfect information.

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  • Katarina Juselius & Katrin Assenmacher-Wesche, 2015. "Real exchange rate persistence: The case of the Swiss franc-US dollar rate," Working Papers 2015-03, Swiss National Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:snb:snbwpa:2015-03
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    Keywords

    Long swings; Imperfect Knowledge; I(2) analysis; Self-reinforcing feed-back;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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