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Measuring the Impact of Intervention on Exchange Market Pressure

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  • Pierre L. Siklos

    () (Department of Economics and Viessmann Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University)

  • Diana N. Weymark

    () (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

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In this article, we introduce an index of ex ante exchange market pressure (EMP) that can be used as a benchmark against which to measure the effectiveness of sterilized intervention. Ex ante EMP is the change in the exchange rate that would have been observed if the policy authority had refrained from intervening and this policy decision had been correctly anticipated by rational agents. Ex post EMP measures the exchange market pressure under the policy actually implemented by the policy authority. We use a ratio of these two EMP measures to assess the effectiveness of sterilized intervention in Canada and Australia.

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  • Pierre L. Siklos & Diana N. Weymark, 2006. "Measuring the Impact of Intervention on Exchange Market Pressure," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0604, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
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    1. Pierre L. Siklos & Diana N. Weymark, 2007. "Is Sterilized Intervention Effective? New International Evidence," Working Papers 142007, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

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    Keywords

    Exchange market pressure; exchange rate policy; foreign exchange intervention; Bank of Canada policy; Reserve Bank of Australia policy;

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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