Can Oil Prices Forecast Exchange Rates?

62 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2011

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Domenico Ferraro

Independent

Kenneth Rogoff

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Barbara Rossi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI); Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether oil prices have a reliable and stable out-of-sample relationship with the Canadian/U.S dollar nominal exchange rate. Despite state-of-the-art methodologies, we find little systematic relation between oil prices and the exchange rate at the monthly and quarterly frequencies. In contrast, the main contribution is to show the existence of a very short-term relationship at the daily frequency, which is rather robust and holds no matter whether we use contemporaneous (realized) or lagged oil prices in our regression. However, in the latter case the predictive ability is ephemeral, mostly appearing after instabilities have been appropriately taken into account.

Keywords: exchange rates

JEL Classification: C22, C53, F31, F37

Suggested Citation

Ferraro, Domenico and Rogoff, Kenneth S. and Rossi, Barbara, Can Oil Prices Forecast Exchange Rates? (November 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8635. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1964125

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Kenneth S. Rogoff

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Barbara Rossi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI) ( email )

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Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, Barcelona 08005
Spain

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