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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 25 , No. 4

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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 367-386
Abbreviation: SJE
ISSN: 1225-0279 (Print)
Print publication date 30 Nov 2012
Received 24 Jun 2011 Revised 07 Aug 2012 Accepted 10 Sep 2012

Are Currencies Coordinating?: The Coupling-Decoupling Behavior of Won-Dollar and Yen-Dollar Exchange Rates
Jae-Young Kim ; Yun-Jong Wang ; Woong-Yong Park
Corresponding Author, Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-746, Korea, Tel: +82-2-880-6390, Fax: +82-2-886-4231 (jykim017@snu.ac.kr)
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Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong, Room 1007, 10/F, K. K. Leung Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (wypark@hku.hk)

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JEL Classification: C1, C5, F31, G15


This paper studies dynamic relation, namely, two currencies of Korean won and Japanese yen, before and after the East Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. We conjecture that there exists a long-run relation between won and yen, which is characterized by a band-reverting-type dynamic behavior. This band-reverting behavior of the two currencies implies that their relative values maintain a stable relation, keeping their discrepancy within a certain bound or band. Such band-reverting behavior is due to the arbitrage-seeking behavior of investors or the market intervention of monetary authorities. Our empirical analysis shows that the two currencies have a long-run equilibrium relation that implies a band-reverting-type dynamic relation. Our analysis also shows that this band-reverting relation becomes clearer in the post-crisis period.

Keywords: Band-reverting behavior, Threshold cointegration, Structural change, Financial crisis, Won-Yen exchange rate


This work was partially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (grant numbers KRF-200-20110075 and KRF-448A-2011000).

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