Volume 6, Numbers 3 & 4 / September/December , Pages 131-258
The Dynamics and Stochastics of Currency Betas Based on the Unbiasedness Hypothesis in Foreign Exchange Markets
Multinational Finance Journal, 2002, vol. 6, no. 3&4, pp. 167-195
Winston T. Lin , State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S.A.    Corresponding Author
Hong-Jen Lin , State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S.A.
Yueh H. Chen , National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

This article examines the dynamic and stochastic behavior of the beta coefficient (to be referred to as the currency beta) of the unbiasedness hypothesis (UH) in foreign exchange markets. We argue that the dynamics and stochastics of currency betas can be attributed to the dynamic behavior of various macroeconomic variables from different sectors of an economy, in addition to the trend variable considered in previous research. Incorporating four macroeconomic variables from the financial, real, and external sectors into the currency betas of eight currencies (developed and emerging) under a logarithmic change specification used to test the UH, we attempt to simultaneously test the behavior of currency betas in terms of nonstationarity, shifts in the mean and variance, and randomness. The vast quantity of empirical tests and results strongly suggests that the changing characteristics of currency betas are readily apparent and have important implications for the reconciliation of the controversies surrounding the legitimacy of the UH, for government exchange rate policies, and for the forecasting of future spot rates, across the developed and emerging economies under study. We also find different tales from developed and developing countries.

Keywords : four-step generalized; logarithmic change specification; macroeconomic variables; unbiasedness hypothesis; variable mean response
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