Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work?

Kathryn M. Dominguez and Jeffrey A. Frankel

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work?

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Pub Date: September 1993

ISBN: 9780881321043

192 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $18.00£13.99

Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work?

Kathryn M. Dominguez and Jeffrey A. Frankel

Peterson Institute for International Economics

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How much impact on exchange rates do central banks have when they buy and sell currencies? According to many analysts, such intervention has no independent impact. This book challenges the conventional wisdom, demonstrating that such intervention can be an effective and extremely important tool for policymakers. Using previously unavailable daily intervention data from the US Federal Reserve and German Bundesbank, the authors show that even "sterilized" intervention -intervention that entails no corresponding changes in monetary policy- has a significant effect. A key element is whether the intervention is known to the public: widespread market awareness of the activity adds substantially to its payoff. Authors Dominguez and Frankel draw implications for intervention policy and its role in international economic policy coordination.

About the Author

Kathryn M. Dominguez was a Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Jeffrey A. Frankel was a Visiting Fellow and Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkely. He was formerly Senior Internaitonal Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers (1983-84).