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FOREIGN EXCHANGE INTERVENTION AND EQUILIBRIUM
REAL EXCHANGE RATES

Dimitrios A. Sideris
University of Ioannina and Bank of Greece

ABSTRACT

Monetary authorities intervene in the currency markets in order to pursue a monetary rule and/or to smooth exchange rate volatility caused by speculative attacks. In the present paper we investigate for possible intervention effects on the volatility of nominal exchange rates and the estimated equilibrium behaviour of real exchange rates. The main argument of the paper is that omission of intervention effects -when they are significant- would bias the ability to detect any PPP-based behaviour of the real exchange rates in the long run. Positive evidence for this argument comes from the experience of six Central and Eastern European economies, whose exchange markets are characterised by frequent interventions.

Keywords: foreign exchange market intervention; real exchange rates; PPP.

JEL classification: F31; C32; E58

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank H. Gibson, N. Mylonidis, and P. Petroulas for helpful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are entirely my responsibility. The views expressed in this paper are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of the institutions to which he is affiliated.

Address for Correspondence:

Dimitrios Sideris,
Department of Economics,
University of Ioannina,
University Campus,
45110 Ioannina, Greece,
Tel. +26510 - 95942
Email: disideri@cc.uoi.gr


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