Markov Switching Garch Models of Currency Turmoil in Southeast Asia
44 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007
Date Written: January 2007
This paper analyzes exchange rate turmoil with a Markov Switching GARCH model. We distinguish between two different regimes in both the conditional mean and the conditional variance: "ordinary" regime, characterized by low exchange rate changes and low volatility, and "turbulent" regime, characterized by high exchange rate movements and high volatility. We also allow the transition probabilities to vary over time as functions of economic and financial indicators. We find that real effective exchange rates, money supply relative to reserves, stock index returns, and bank stock index returns and volatility contain valuable information for identifying turbulence and ordinary periods.
Keywords: Currency crises, Financial markets, Banking sector, Regime Switching, Volatility
JEL Classification: C13, C22, C52, F31, F34
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