Cyclical Fluctuations in Brazil's Real Exchange Rate: The Role of Domestic and External Factors


Willy A Hoffmaister ; Carlos I. Medeiros ; Pierre-Richard Agénor

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October 1, 1997

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This paper examines the effects of capital inflows and domestic factors on Brazil’s real exchange rate. It describes the analytical framework, and then estimates a near-VAR model linking capital flows, interest rate differentials, government spending, money-base velocity, and the temporary component of the real exchange rate (TCRER). Generalized variance decompositions indicate that world interest rate shocks largely explain medium-term fluctuations in capital flows and the TCRER. Generalized impulse response functions show that a reduction in the world interest rate (and, to a lesser extent, an increase in government spending) have significant effects on the TCRER and capital flows.


Working Paper No. 1997/128



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October 1, 1997



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