Title

Characterizing Exchange Rate Policy in East Asia: A Reconsideration

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

Frankel and Wei (1994) developed and popularized a method for uncovering the implicit weights assigned to major international currencies constituting a currency basket. We extend the methodology in two dimensions: include regional competitive pressure and employ a vector autoregressive (VAR) model to overcome simultaneity bias. With these modifications, we confirm the prominent role of the US dollar in the exchange rate policy of East Asian economies beyond the short run. However, despite the high degree of commitment to nominal exchange rate stability prior to the crisis, fluctuations in most East Asian currencies are also significantly influenced by country specific shocks. The findings of the post-crisis period suggest that East Asian exchange rate regimes have become more diverse, with the crisis countries (except Malaysia) exercising even greater flexibility in their exchange rate management. Overall, there is weak evidence that the East Asian economies have been benchmarking their currencies towards regional competitors' currencies over the longer term.

Keywords

Nominal exchange rate management, Currency basket peg, Regional competitive pressure

Discipline

Asian Studies | Economic Policy | Macroeconomics

Research Areas

Macroeconomics

Publication

Journal of Asian Economics

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

448

Last Page

465

ISSN

1049-0078

Identifier

10.1016/j.asieco.2007.02.011

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asieco.2007.02.011

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