International Finance and Open Economy

Question
ECON 434: International Finance and Open Economy Macro
Instructor: Konstantin Styrin Problem set 1
due 13 February 2014 in class
I. The FX Market 1. Suppose quotes for the dollareuro exchange rate, E$/A , are as follows: in New York,
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$1.50 per euro; and in Tokyo, $1.55 per euro. Describe how investors use arbitrage to take
advantage of the dierence in exchange rates. Explain how this process will aect the dollar
price of the euro in New York and Tokyo.
1. Consider a Dutch investor with 1,000 euros to place in a bank deposit in either the
Netherlands or Great Britain. The (one-year) interest rate on bank deposits is 2% in Britain
and 4.04% in the Netherlands. The (one-year) forward europound exchange rate is 1.575 euros
per pound and the spot rate is 1.5 euros per pound. Answer the following questions, using the
exact equations for UIP and CIP as necessary.
a. What is the euro-denominated return on Dutch deposits for this investor?
b. What is the (riskless) euro-denominated return on British deposits for this investor using
forward cover?
c. Is there an arbitrage opportunity here? Explain why or why not. Is this an equilibrium
in the forward exchange rate market?
d. If the spot rate is 1.5 euros per pound, and interest rates are as stated previously, what
is the equilibrium forward rate, according to CIP?
e. Suppose the forward rate takes the value given by your answer to (d). Calculate the
forward premium on the British pound for the Dutch investor (where exchange rates are in
euros per pound). Is it positive or negative? Why do investors require this premium/discount
in equilibrium?
f. If UIP holds, what is the expected depreciation of the euro against the pound over one
year?
g. Based on your answer to (f), what is the expected europound exchange rate one year
ahead?
II. The Monetary Approach to ERs 3. You are given the following information. The current dollar-pound exchange rate is $2
per British pound. A U.S. basket that costs $100 would cost $120 in the United Kingdom. For
the next year, the Fed is predicted to keep U.S. ination at 2% and the Bank of England is
predicted to keep U.K. ination at 3%. The speed of convergence to absolute PPP is 15% per
year.
a. What is the expected U.S. minus U.K. ination dierential for the coming year?
b. What is the current U.S. real exchange rate, qU K/U S , with the United Kingdom?
c. How much is the dollar overvalued/undervalued?
d. What do you predict the U.S. real exchange rate with the United Kingdom will be in one
year’s time?
1 e. What is the expected rate of real depreciation for the United States (versus the United
Kingdom)?
f. What is the expected rate of nominal depreciation for the United States (versus the United
Kingdom)?
g. What do you predict will be the dollar price of one pound a year from now?
4. Consider two countries, Japan and Korea. In 1996, Japan experienced relatively slow
output growth (1%), whereas Korea had relatively robust output growth (6%). Suppose the
Bank of Japan allowed the money supply to grow by 2% each year, whereas the Bank of Korea
chose to maintain relatively high money growth of 12% per year. For the following questions,
use the simple monetary model (where L is constant). You will nd it easiest to treat Korea as
the home country and Japan as the foreign country.
a. What is the ination rate in Korea? In Japan?
b. What is the expected rate of depreciation in the Korean won relative to the Japanese
yen?
c. Suppose the Bank of Korea increases the money growth rate from 12% to 15%. If nothing
in Japan changes, what is the new ination rate in Korea?
d. Using time series diagrams, illustrate how this increase in the money growth rate aects
the money supply, MK ; Korea’s interest rate; prices, PK ; real money supply; and EWON/
over time. (Plot each variable on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal axis.)
e. Suppose the Bank of Korea wants to maintain an exchange rate peg with the Japanese
yen. What money growth rate would the Bank of Korea have to choose to keep the value of the
won xed relative to the yen?
f. Suppose the Bank of Korea sought to implement policy that would cause the Korean won
to appreciate relative to the Japanese yen. What ranges of the money growth rate (assuming
positive values) would allow the Bank of Korea to achieve this objective?
5. This question uses the general monetary model, in which L is no longer assumed constant
and money demand is inversely related to the nominal interest rate. Consider the same scenario
described in the beginning of the previous question. In addition, the bank deposits in Japan
pay 3% interest; i = 3%.
a. Compute the interest rate paid on Korean deposits.
b. Using the denition of the real interest rate (nominal interest rate adjusted for ination),
show that the real interest rate in Korea is equal to the real interest rate in Japan. (Note that
the ination rates you calculated in the previous question will apply here.)
c. Suppose the Bank of Korea increases the money growth rate from 12% to 15% and the
ination rate rises proportionately (one for one) with this increase. If the nominal interest rate
in Japan remains unchanged, what happens to the interest rate paid on Korean deposits?
d. Using time series diagrams, illustrate how this increase in the money growth rate aects
the money supply, MK ; Korea’s interest rate; prices, PK ; real money supply; and EWON/
over time. (Plot each variable on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal axis.)
6. Both advanced economies and developing countries have experienced a decrease in ination since the 1980s. This question considers how the choice of policy regime has inuenced this
global disination. Use the monetary model to answer this question.
2 a. The Swiss Central Bank currently targets its money growth rate to achieve policy objectives. Suppose Switzerland has output growth of 3% and money growth of 8% each year. What
is Switzerland’s ination rate in this case? Describe how the Swiss Central Bank could achieve
an ination rate of 2% in the long run through the use of a nominal anchor.
b. Like the Federal Reserve, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand uses an interest rate target.
Suppose the Reserve Bank of New Zealand maintains a 6% interest rate target and the world
real interest rate is 1.5%. What is the New Zealand ination rate in the long run? In 1997, New
Zealand adopted a policy agreement that required the bank to maintain an ination rate no
higher than 2.5%. What interest rate targets would achieve this objective?
c. The central bank of Lithuania maintains an exchange rate band relative to the euro. This
is a prerequisite for joining the Eurozone. Lithuania must keep its exchange rate within ?15%
of the central parity of 34,528 litas per euro. Calculate the exchange rate values corresponding
to the upper and lower edges of this band. Suppose PPP holds. If Eurozone ination is currently
2% per year and ination in Lithuania is 5%, calculate the rate of depreciation of the litas.
Will Lithuania be able to maintain the band requirement? For how long? Does your answer
depend on where in the band the exchange rate currently sits? A primary objective of the
European Central Bank is price stability (low ination) in the current and future Eurozone. Is
an exchange rate band a necessary or sucient condition for the attainment of this objective?
III. The Asset Approach to ERs 7. Use the money market and foreign exchange (FX) diagrams to answer the following
questions. This question considers the relationship between the euro (A) and the U.S. dollar
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($). The exchange rate is in U.S. dollars per euro, E$/A . Suppose that with nancial innovation
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in the United States, real money demand in the United States decreases. On all graphs, label
the initial equilibrium point A.
a. Assume this change in U.S. real money demand is temporary. Using the FX and money
market diagrams, illustrate how this change aects the money and FX markets. Label your
short-run equilibrium point B and your long-run equilibrium point C.
b. Assume this change in U.S. real money demand is permanent. Using a new diagram,
illustrate how this change aects the money and FX markets. Label your short-run equilibrium
point B and your long-run equilibrium point C.
c. Illustrate how each of the following variables changes over time in response to a permanent
reduction in real money demand: nominal money supply MU S , price level PU S , real money
supply MUS/PUS, U.S. interest rate i$ , and the exchange rate E$/A .
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8. This question considers how the FX market will respond to changes in monetary policy.
For these questions, dene the exchange rate as Korean won per Japanese yen, EWON/ . Use
the FX and money market diagrams to answer the following questions. On all graphs, label the
initial equilibrium point A.
a. Suppose the Bank of Korea permanently decreases its money supply. Illustrate the shortrun (label the equilibrium point B) and long-run eects (label the equilibrium point C) of this
policy.
b. Now suppose the Bank of Korea announces it plans to permanently decrease its money
supply but doesn’t actually implement this policy. How will this aect the FX market in the
short run if investors believe the Bank of Korea’s announcement?
c. Finally, suppose the Bank of Korea permanently decreases its money supply but this
change is not anticipated. When the Bank of Korea implements this policy, how will this aect
the FX market in the short run?
3 d. Using your previous answers, evaluate the following statements:
i. If a country wants to increase the value of its currency, it can do so (temporarily)
without raising domestic interest rates.
ii. The central bank can reduce both the domestic price level and the value of its currency
in the long run.
iii. The most eective way to increase the value of a currency is through surprising
investors.
9. In the late 1990s, several East Asian countries used limited exibility or currency pegs in
managing their exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar. This question considers how dierent
countries responded to the East Asian Currency Crisis (19971998). For the following questions,
treat the East Asian country as the home country and the United States as the foreign country.
You may assume these countries maintained a currency peg (xed rate) relative to the U.S.
dollar. Also, you need consider only the short-run eects.
a. In July 1997, investors expected that the Thai baht would depreciate. That is, they
expected that Thailand’s central bank would be unable to maintain the currency peg with the
U.S. dollar. Illustrate how this change in investors’ expectations aects the Thai money market
and the FX market, with the exchange rate dened as baht (B) per U.S. dollar, denoted EB/$ .
Assume the Thai central bank wants to maintain capital mobility and preserve the level of its
interest rate and abandons the currency peg in favor of a oating exchange rate regime.
b. Indonesia faced the same constraints as Thailandinvestors feared Indonesia would be
forced to abandon its currency peg. Illustrate how this change in investors’ expectations aects
the Indonesian money market and the FX market, with the exchange rate dened as rupiahs
(Rp) per U.S. dollar, denoted ERp/$ . Assume the Indonesian central bank wants to maintain
capital mobility and the currency peg.
c. Malaysia had a similar experience, except that it used capital controls to maintain its
currency peg and preserve the level of its interest rate. Illustrate how this change in investors’
expectations aects the Malaysian money market and the FX market, with the exchange rate
dened as ringgit (RM) per U.S. dollar, denoted ERM/$ . You need show only the short-run
eects of this change in investors’ expectations.
d. Compare and contrast the three approaches just outlined. As a policy maker, which would
you favor? Explain.
10. Several countries have opted to join currency unions. Examples include the Euro area,
the CFA franc union in West Africa, and the Caribbean currency union. This involves sacricing
the domestic currency in favor of using a single currency unit in multiple countries. Assuming
that once a country joins a currency union it will not leave, do these countries face the policy

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