The European Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Announcement Effect on the Exchange Rate in the Effective Lower Bound Era

By Raisa Khadija Muhtar, University of St. Andrews

Using a high-frequency event study of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy announcements for both the “Press Release” event window and “Press Conference” event window, this paper observes an increasing sensitivity of exchange rate response to monetary policy announcements windows over the period of 2002 to 2019. Continue reading The European Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Announcement Effect on the Exchange Rate in the Effective Lower Bound Era

High Hopes and Low Budget: An Empirical Investigation on the Impact of Differential School Investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

By Emaan Siddique, University of California, Berkeley

Since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the majority of seats in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in 2013, the party has received widespread acclamation for improving public education within the province. However, there is weak evidence to support whether these policies have had an immediate effect on educational out- comes. Continue reading High Hopes and Low Budget: An Empirical Investigation on the Impact of Differential School Investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

The Effect of National Radio on Financial Behavior

By Smeet Butala, University of Maryland

This paper examines the effects of increasing national coverage of All India Radio on financial inclusion during the early 2000s. Specifically, the dependent variable is bank account ownership and the explanatory variable of interest is subdistrict-level radio coverage. Continue reading The Effect of National Radio on Financial Behavior

BLOG: Three Gap Analysis of Macroeconomic Consistency: A Case Study of the Ecuadorian Economy

By Juan Andres Mesias, The George Washington University

This paper studies the macroeconomic consistency of the Ecuadorian economy from 2007- 2016. Initially, the paper develops a Three-Gap Model to carry out a basic consistency check on all three macroeconomic accounts, public, private and current accounts. Continue reading BLOG: Three Gap Analysis of Macroeconomic Consistency: A Case Study of the Ecuadorian Economy

BLOG: Northern Rock: The Forgotten Harbinger of the Global Financial Crisis

By Bishoy Megalla, Yale University

During the early days of 2007, Northern Rock stood as the fifth-largest bank in the United Kingdom by mortgage assets; with £113.5 billion in assets, the bank had grown tremendously from its origins in the twentieth century as a simple building society. Continue reading BLOG: Northern Rock: The Forgotten Harbinger of the Global Financial Crisis

The Effect of Global Crude Oil Prices on Malaysia’s GDP and Trade

By Kah Heng Lua, University of Manchester

This study employs a time-series approach to determine the effects of changes in the global West Texas Intermediate and Dubai Fateh crude oil price benchmarks on Malaysia’s GDP and trade. The results indicate that effects from developments in global crude oil prices exist only in the short-run. Continue reading The Effect of Global Crude Oil Prices on Malaysia’s GDP and Trade

BLOG: The Growing Foreign Investment and Trade Activity of China: Analyzing the Shifting Economic and Political Structure in ASEAN

By Jingxuan Wang, George Washington University

Given that the United States and China are competing for greater economic and political influence in Southeast Asia, this paper addresses the question of whether the United States and China can significantly influence the political activity of countries in 10 countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) through the use of economic means. Continue reading BLOG: The Growing Foreign Investment and Trade Activity of China: Analyzing the Shifting Economic and Political Structure in ASEAN

BLOG: The Impact of Minimum Wage Implementation on Women’s Earnings: Evidence from Malaysia

By May Lyn Cheah, University of California, Berkeley

This paper investigates the effect of the introduction of minimum wage legislation in Malaysia, which became effective from January 1, 2013 for employers with six employees or more, and was fully enforced by January 1, 2014 for all employers. The minimum wage ruling prescribed a rate of RM900 (ŨSD 230) per month for Peninsula Malaysia and RM800 (ŨSD 204) for Sabah, Sarawak and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. Continue reading BLOG: The Impact of Minimum Wage Implementation on Women’s Earnings: Evidence from Malaysia