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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Money and Finance, Volume 23, Issue 2, March 2004, Pages 283–304
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the plausibility of standard exchange rate expectations mechanisms, which are favored over rational expectations in survey data for longer horizons, in an artificial economy with heterogeneous traders. Adaptive expectations markets, bandwagon expectations markets and distributed lag expectations markets exhibit more serial correlation than found in empirical quarterly data. Extrapolative expectations markets often do not, but generate too many extreme returns to be empirically plausible. Regressive expectations markets are able to reproduce the stylized facts of empirical quarterly exchange rates, confirming the importance of fundamentals, in particular in dampening the frequency of extreme exchange rate returns.
Survey data studies indicate that long term exchange rate expectations are heterogeneous (Ito, 1990 and Taylor and Allen, 1992) and are not adequately described by rational expectations (Dominguez, 1986, Frankel and Froot, 1987a, Froot and Frankel, 1989, Ito, 1990 and Cavaglia et al., 1993). The survey evidence favors extrapolative, adaptive and regressive expectations, while static expectations are usually rejected (Frankel and Froot, 1987a, Frankel and Froot, 1987b, Bank of Japan, 1989, Froot and Frankel, 1990 and Cavaglia et al., 1993). The objective of this paper is to investigate the plausibility of these standard exchange rate expectations mechanisms in an artificial economy with traders which are heterogeneous in initial endowments, risk aversion and use of information. We will focus on three month exchange rate expectations, as survey evidence is most elaborate for this horizon. The standard expectations schemes (extrapolative, adaptive and regressive expectations) can be summarized (Frankel and Froot, 1987a) as: equation(1) View the MathML source where st is the natural logarithm of the spot exchange rate St in period t and Et,i(.) denotes the (not necessarily mathematical) expectation of trader i in period t with respect to the variable between brackets. Extrapolative expectations are represented by zt,i=st-1. We can distinguish between three cases: αt,i<0 (bandwagon expectations), αt,i=0 (static expectations) and αt,i>0 (distributed lag expectations). Another scheme that is technical or chartist in nature is adaptive expectations: zt,i=Et−1,i(st). It is straightforward to show that such traders use the entire history of the exchange rate and that the forecast follows from a geometric series. Regressive expectations are represented by zt,i=qt,i, the natural logarithm of some fundamental or long run equilibrium exchange rate Qt,i. Combinations of standard schemes are also easily represented in this framework, for example a hybrid expectations mechanism reflecting both regressive and extrapolative expectations: zt,i=(1−βt,i)qt,i+βt,ist−1. Notice that specification (1) yields two sources of heterogeneity of expectations: the type of information contained in zt,i represented by the variables st−1, Et−1,i(st), qt,i and the use of that information indicated by the parameters αt,i and βt,i. The main finding of this paper is that fundamentals play an important role in foreign exchange markets, especially in limiting the number of extreme exchange rate returns. Regressive expectations markets or hybrid markets with both regressive and extrapolative expectations are able to reproduce the stylized facts of empirical quarterly exchange rates, while adaptive expectations markets, extrapolative expectations markets, bandwagon expectations markets and distributed lag expectations markets are not. Adaptive expectations markets, bandwagon expectations markets and distributed lag expectations markets generate too much serial correlation in exchange rate returns. Extrapolative expectations markets, consisting of both bandwagon and distributed lag expectations traders, are often able to replicate the serial correlation properties of empirical quarterly exchange rates, but exhibit too many extreme exchange rate returns. The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2 we describe how the artificial foreign exchange market will be used to perform controlled experiments with exchange rate expectations. In Section 3 we develop a microeconomic model of foreign exchange between heterogeneous traders with extrapolative, adaptive and regressive expectations. In Section 4 we assign empirically plausible parameter and initial values to the theoretical model, which is thus transformed into an artificial economy. In Section 5 we establish which statistical regularities can be considered empirically plausible output of the artificial foreign exchange market, by investigating the stylized facts of empirical quarterly exchange rates. In Section 6 we use the artificial market as a foreign exchange laboratory: we perform simulations for different specifications of exchange rate expectations. In Section 7 we draw conclusions from the controlled experiments in Section 6.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The simulations with the artificial foreign exchange market show that regressive expectations are the most plausible representation of quarterly exchange rate expectations, when compared with extrapolative, bandwagon, distributed lag and adaptive expectations. Bandwagon, distributed lag and adaptive expectations markets are rarely weak-form efficient. Extrapolative expectations markets, which consist of both bandwagon and distributed lag traders, are frequently weak-form efficient and free of volatility clusters, but generate too many extreme returns compared with empirical foreign exchange markets. The presence of an “anchor” seems to play an important role in the functioning of foreign exchange markets, limiting the frequency of extreme exchange rate returns. This is confirmed by experiments with hybrid expectations mechanisms: while markets consisting of traders with purely extrapolative expectations generate excessive tail fatness, markets with traders who combine technical information with fundamentals are able to reproduce the stylized facts. When we allow traders to adjust their expectations parameters in response to poor investment performance, and even replace them in case of continued negative wealth, the importance of fundamentals is confirmed, while learning with respect to the extrapolative component is closely associated with the near-martingale property of exchange rates. However, this paper shows that the stylized facts of quarterly exchange rate time series can already be replicated in a relatively simple regressive expectations market. It turns out that neither learning and evolution nor the co-existence of chartism and fundamentalism is a necessary condition. This illustrates an important principle in agent-based computational finance: emerging patterns are best understood at the minimum level of complexity at which they are generated.