The RMB Central Parity Formation Mechanism: August 2015 to December 2016
Journal of International Money and Finance, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2017 Last revised: 24 Jul 2018
Date Written: March 12, 2018
We study the renminbi (RMB) central parity formation mechanism following the August 2015 reform using statistical models. We identify the roles of the onshore and offshore RMB exchange rates and the US dollar index in determining the central parity in a linear regression framework. The effect of the RMB currency basket index, however, is revealed after controlling for multiplicative offshore RMB volatility effects. The offshore RMB volatility exerts a dampening effect on the links between the central parity and its determinants. In the prediction comparison exercise, the three selected models statistically outperform the random walk benchmark. Among these four models, the selected multiplicative specification yields the smallest root-mean squared prediction error and mean absolute prediction error.
The previous name of the paper was: "The RMB Central Parity Formation Mechanism after August 2015: A Statistical Analysis".
Keywords: China’s Exchange Rate Policy, Currency Basket, Multiplicative Interaction Model, Onshore and Offshore RMB Rates, Volatility
JEL Classification: F31, F33
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