TY - JOUR
AU - Mark, Nelson C
TI - Changing Monetary Policy Rules, Learning, and Real Exchange Rate Dynamics
JF - National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series
VL - No. 11061
PY - 2005
Y2 - January 2005
DO - 10.3386/w11061
UR - http://www.nber.org/papers/w11061
L1 - http://www.nber.org/papers/w11061.pdf
N1 - Author contact info:
Nelson Mark
Department of Economics
3060 Jenkins-Nanovic Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel: 574/631-0518
Fax: 574/631-4783
E-Mail: nmark@nd.edu
AB - When central banks set nominal interest rates according to an interest rate reaction function, such as the Taylor rule, and the exchange rate is priced by uncovered interest parity, the real exchange rate is determined by expected inflation differentials and output gap differentials. In this paper I examine the implications of these Taylor-rule fundamentals for real exchange rate determination in an environment where market participants are ignorant of the numerical values of the model's coefficients but attempt to acquire that information using least-squares learning rules. I find evidence that this simple learning environment provides a plausible framework for understanding real dollar--DM exchange rate dynamics from 1976 to 2003. The least-squares learning path for the real exchange rate implied by inflation and output gap data exhibits the real depreciation of the 70s, the great appreciation (1979.4-1985.1) and the subsequent great depreciation (1985.2-1991.1) observed in the data. An emphasis on Taylor-rule fundamentals may provide a resolution to the exchange rate disconnect puzzle.
ER -