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Were Bid-Ask Spreads in the FX Market Excessive During the Asian Crisis?

Author/Editor: Becker, Törbjörn I. | Sy, Amadou N. R.
Authorized for Distribution: February 1, 2005
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Summary: Bid-ask spreads for Asian emerging market currencies increased sharply during the Asian crisis. A key question is whether such wide spreads were excessive or explained by models of bid-ask spreads. Precrisis estimates of standard models show that spreads during the crisis were in most cases tighter than spreads predicted by the models and there are few cases of excessive spreads. The result is largely explained by the substantial increase in exchange rate volatility during the crisis and to some extent by the level change. The empirical models have greater explanatory power for emerging- than for mature-market currencies.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 05/34
Subject(s): Exchange markets | Asia | Financial crisis | Emerging markets | Currencies
Author's keyword(s): Foreign exchange | market microstructure | bid-ask spreads | Asian crisis
 
English  
    Published:   February 1, 2005        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2005034   Pages:   31
    Price:   US$15.00
       
     
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