DP15340 Imported or Home Grown? The 1992-3 EMS Crisis

Author(s): Barry Eichengreen, Alain Naef
Publication Date: October 2020
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Programme Areas: Economic History, International Macroeconomics and Finance
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Using newly assembled data on foreign exchange market intervention, we construct a daily index of exchange market pressure during the 1992-3 crisis in the European Monetary System. Using this index, we pinpoint when and where the crisis was most severe. Our analysis focuses on a neglected factor in the crisis: the role of the weak dollar in intra-EMS tensions. We provide new evidence of the contribution of a falling dollar-Deutschmark exchange rate to pressure on EMS currencies.