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Target zones in History and Theory : efficiency, credibility and policy autonomy

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  • Marc Flandreau

    (Centre for Finance and Development)

  • John Komlos

    (Department of Economics)

Abstract

A natural experiment with an exchange-rate band in Austria-Hungary in the early 20th century provides a rare opportunity to discuss critical aspects of the theory of target zones. Providing a new derivation of the target zone model as a set of nested hypotheses, the inference is drawn that policy credibility and market efficiency were paramount in the success of the Austro-Hungarian experience.

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  • Marc Flandreau & John Komlos, 2005. "Target zones in History and Theory : efficiency, credibility and policy autonomy," Sciences Po publications n°5199, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/602
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    1. Flandreau, Marc & Jobst, Clemens, 2005. "The Ties that Divide. A Network Analysis of the International Monetary System," CEPR Discussion Papers 5129, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    Keywords

    target zone; market efficiency; monetary policy; covered interest parity;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • N32 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-

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