Heterogeneity of Agents and Exchange Rate Dynamics: Evidence from the EMS
41 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2006 Last revised: 6 May 2016
Date Written: January 1, 2006
We develop and estimate a dynamic heterogeneous agent model for the EMS period. Our empirical results suggest that the existence of heterogeneous interacting agents is indeed a possible explanation for the dynamics of exchange rates during the EMS; we find strong evidence in favor of our model using in- and out-of-sample tests. Moreover, we show that the heterogeneous agent model outperforms the random walk in out-of-sample forecasting in all country/period combinations. Finally, we study the dynamic limit properties of the estimated non-linear system.
Keywords: : Heterogeneous expectations; The European Monetary System; Non-linear modelling; Agent-based finance
JEL Classification: F31, E17
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