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Can Political Variables Really Predict Exchange Rate Movements?

Stephen Blomberg () and Andrew Mountford ()

Working Papers from Wellesley College - Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper argues that Blomberg and Hess's (Journal of International Economics 1997) finding that political variables can be used to predict exchange rate movements better than the random walk model must be seen in the context of the decade and half of previous research which failed to beat this benchmark. This paper uses White's "Reality Check" methodology to test whether political variables remain as significant predictors of the exchange rate when a host of alternative competing models are taken into account. It finds that they do not.

Keywords: EXCHANGE RATE; FORECASTS; FINANCIAL MARKET (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 G12 H8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 1999
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