Economic Policy Uncertainty in the US: Does It Matter for Korea?

26 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018

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Seojin Lee

Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance

Date Written: March 30, 2018

Abstract

Using the indicators of economic policy uncertainty developed by Baker et al. (2016), this paper investigates the effects of the US economic policy uncertainty on the Korea economic uncertainty as well as Korea-US foreign exchange risk. The key findings are that: (i) the degree of spillovers of policy uncertainty from the US to Korea is considerable but not comparatively high; (ii) the US policy uncertainty plays a stronger and more consistent role in Korean currency risk than Korea policy uncertainty and other macro variables. It implies that the economic policy uncertainty in the US is an important contributor to Korea-US exchange rates.

Keywords: Economic Policy Uncertainty, International Spillovers, Currency Risk, Implied Volatility, Korea Foreign Exchange Market

JEL Classification: C1, F2, F3

Suggested Citation

Lee, Seojin, Economic Policy Uncertainty in the US: Does It Matter for Korea? (March 30, 2018). East Asian Economic Review Vol. 22, No. 1 (March 2018) 29-54, DOI: 10.11644/KIEP.EAER.2018.22.1.337, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3151373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3151373

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