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Volume 58, Issue 5 -6

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Measuring the Financial Markets’ Perception of EMU Enlargement: The Role of Ambiguity Aversion

Cincibuch, Martin; Horníková, Martina

Year: 2008   Volume: 58   Issue: 5 -6   Pages: 210-230

Abstract: Market views on EMU enlargement are measured by a new indicator based on the short-term dynamics of forward spreads. Conceptually, this indicator stems from the notion of ambiguity-averse agents in the sense of Knight. Specifically, we attempt to operationalize the incomplete preferences framework, which may allow for multiple equilibria supported by one set of fundamentals. This equilibrium indeterminacy may offer a way to reconcile short-term fluctuations of market prices with a relatively stable underlying economic environment and expectations. The method was applied to data from Central European countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Comparing our results with financial market opinion surveys, the results of the proposed method seems to be in accordance with market expectations.

JEL classification: G13, G14, E42, E43

Keywords: ambiguity aversion, EMU calculators, EMU enlargement, EMU Poll, forwards, uncertainty

RePEc: http://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/fauart/v58y2008i5-6p210-230.html

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