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Exchange Rate Volatility, Trade, and Capital Flows under Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes

Exchange Rate Volatility, Trade, and Capital Flows under Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes

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Part of Japan-US Center UFJ Bank Monographs on International Financial Markets

  • Authors:
  • Piet Sercu, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Raman Uppal, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521562942

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  • Recent years have seen a substantial increase in the volatility of exchange rates. This trend has prompted economists and finance analysts to question if the observed behavior of exchange rates is consistent with a rational model. Does that volatility, further, hinder trade? Professors Sercu and Uppal examine these issues in the context of dynamic general equilibrium models, explicitly considering the role of financial markets while allowing for commodity markets to be segmented across countries. They show that the implications of the theoretical model for exchange rates in this context are quite different from those put forth by monetary theorists and proponents of purchasing power parity arguments.

    • A most rigorous investigation on how volatile exchange rate changes affect capital and trade
    • Authors are internationally renowned and have previously written a textbook on the subject
    • Exchange rates remain internationally hot topic in light of European monetary union
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Sercu and Uppal understand that goods markets and financial markets are not yet truly globalized. This book is a nice synthesis of research on the effects of barriers to trade on exchange rates, trade volume and financial flows. It is technically solid, but the style is lucid and the authors provide a great deal of intuition.' Charles M. Engel, University of Washington

    'In this book Piet Sercu and Raman Uppal provide us with a deep and rigorous analysis of the workings of the international financial system. For the reader willing to make the intellectual journey with the authors, reading this book is a rewarding experience.' Paul de Grauwe, University of Leuven, Belgium

    'This important book makes significant contributions that extend the frontier of research on international macroeconomics and finance. It foreshadows future progress in the economics of exchange rates, and will be required reading for my graduate students, as it should for all researchers in the field. This book contains a rare combination of literature survey, theory, evidence, policy implications, and (most importantly) perspective and judgement, which truly deserves the appellation of the 'new open-economy macroeconomics'.' Alan Stockman, University of Rochester

    'Explaining the volatility of nominal and real exchange rates is at the heart of international macroeconomics. Sercu and Uppal have done a great job of expositing some of the frontier work in this area. They build intuition with simple models and then deftly analyze the empirical implications. This book is a must read for all economists interested in exchange rates.' Patrick Kehoe, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521562942
    • length: 174 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Guide to notation
    1. Introduction and overview
    2. Modeling exchange rates: a survey of the literature
    3. A simple general-equilibrium model of an international economy
    4. The spot exchange rate in a large class of general-equilibrium models
    5. Forward exchange rates in a model with segmented goods markets
    6. International trade flows, exchange rate volatility and welfare
    7. International capital flows and welfare
    8. Tariff policy with international financial markets
    9. Endogenous monetary policy and the choice of exchange rate regime
    10. Concluding thoughts
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Piet Sercu, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

    Raman Uppal, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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