Effectiveness of Official Daily Foreign Exchange Market Intervention Operations in Japan
Japanese official intervention in the foreign exchange market is of by far the largest magnitude in the world, despite little or no evidence that it is effective in moving exchange rates. This paper investigates the effectiveness of intervention using recently published Japanese official daily data and an event study methodology. Focusing on daily Japanese and US official intervention operations, we identify separate intervention episodes' and analyze the subsequent effect on the exchange rate. Using the non-parametric sign test and matched-sample test, we find strong evidence that sterilized intervention systemically affects the exchange rate in the short-run (less than one month). This result holds even when intervention is not associated with (simultaneous) interest rate changes, whether or not intervention is secret' (in the sense of no official reports or rumors of intervention reported over the newswires), and against other robustness checks. Large-scale (amounts over $1 billion) intervention, coordinated with the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve working in unison, give the highest success rate
- At least in the very short run, intervention policy is effective in moving the exchange rate, even when not accompanied by interest rate...
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Fatum, Rasmus and Michael Hutchison. "Effectiveness of Official Daily Foreign Exchange Market Intervention Operations in Japan," Journal of International Money and Finance 25(2): 199-219, March 2006 citation courtesy of