Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71923
Authors: 
Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus
Breitenfellner, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics 2008-08
Abstract: 
If oil exporters stabilize the purchasing power of their export revenues in terms of imports, exchange rate developments (and particularly, developments in the US dollar/euro exchange rate) may contain information about oil price changes. This hypothesis depends on three conditions: (a) OPEC has price setting capacity, (b) a high share of OPEC imports comes from the euro area and (c) alternatives to oil invoicing in US dollar are costly. We give evidence that using information on the US dollar/euro exchange rate (and its determinants) improves oil price forecasts significantly. We discuss possible implications that these results might suggest with regard to the stabilization of oil prices or the adjustment of global imbalances.
Subjects: 
oil price
exchange rate
forecasting
multivariate time series models
JEL: 
Q43
F31
C53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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