Authorities' Beliefs About Foreign Exchange Intervention: Getting Back Under the Hood
FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2006-045B
41 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2006
Date Written: December 2006
This paper presents the results of a survey of monetary authorities with respect to their beliefs about foreign exchange intervention. The survey provides evidence on new intervention issues that would be difficult to investigate otherwise, such as conditional response times, non-foreign exchange factors in intervention and beliefs about profitability. At the same time, the survey provides new evidence on issues that have been investigated with other methods, such as channels of effectiveness, effect on currency components, profitability, and motivations for secrecy. Respondents disagreed with the predominant views on intervention's effect on volatility and common arguments against intervention. The exchange rate regime of a central bank explains its beliefs about several important aspects of intervention, including factors in a successful intervention and the potential profitability of intervention.
Keywords: Intervention, foreign exchange, survey, central bank
JEL Classification: F31, E58, F42
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