Blowing Against the Wind? A Narrative Approach to Central Bank Foreign Exchange Intervention
46 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019 Last revised: 12 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 11, 2020
Few studies on foreign exchange intervention convincingly address the causal effect of intervention on exchange rates. By using a narrative approach, I address a major issue in the literature: the endogeneity of intraday news which influence the exchange rate alongside central bank operations. Some studies find that interventions work in up to 80% of cases. Yet, by accounting for intraday market moving news, I find that in adverse conditions, the Bank of England managed to influence the exchange rate only in 8% of cases. I use both machine learning and human assessment to confirm the validity of the narrative approach.
Keywords: intervention, foreign exchange, natural language processing, central bank, Bank of England
JEL Classification: F31, E5, N14, N24
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