Sign asymmetry and exchange rate market volatility: empirical evidence from two developing countries

Kwame Osei-Assibey

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    Volatility in financial markets is asymmetric in nature with leverage effect a widely accepted market phenomenon. This paper uses exchange rate series from Ghana and Tanzania to empirically show and argue that the foreign exchange market is a special case of the financial market family; for the period considered, exponential generalised autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity estimates of daily volatility showed that currency appreciation in the Tanzanian market induces a higher volatility compared to a depreciation of the same magnitude, the opposite holds in the Ghanaian market. Vectorauto regression estimations show that feedback effects (the widely accepted explanation to asymmetry in volatility) exist between asymmetric shocks and volatility that ensues for both countries. The bidirectional Granger Causal relationships between exchange rate changes and the volatility that ensues together with the estimated impulse response functions offer further insight on how both countries exchange rate markets asymmetrically respond to shocks of either sign.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107 - 121
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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