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Quantifying the Effects of the CNB's Exchange Rate Commitment: A Synthetic Control Method Approach

Author: Bc. Matěj Opatrný
Year: 2016 - summer
Leaders: prof. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 57
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Abstract: In this thesis I evaluate the quantitative effects of the Czech National Bank's commitment to keep the
Koruna from appreciating that were put in place in 2013. I focus its on the impact on output,
unemployment, and inflation. I use the synthetic control method, which allows me to compute the
counter-factual development of the Czech economy in the absence of the commitment. I find that, until
the end of 2015, the commitment helped create about 100,000 jobs. The effect on overall output is also
strongly positive, almost 2% for growth in 2015, but only marginally statistically significant, which
might be connected to disturbances created by changes in excise taxes. The effect of the commitment on
inflation is positive but not statistically significant at standard levels.


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