The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Foreign Exchange Market Microstructure

  • Martin D. D. Evans
Reference work entry


Research on foreign exchange market microstructure focuses on the idea that trading is an integral part of the process whereby information relevant to the pricing of foreign currency becomes embedded in spot rates. Micro-based models of this process produce empirical predictions that find strong support in the data. Micro-based models can account for a large proportion of the daily variation in spot rates. They also supply a rationale for the apparent disconnect between spot rates and fundamentals. Micro-based models provide out-of-sample forecasting power for spot rates that is an order of magnitude above that usually found in exchange-rate models.


Arbitrage Common knowledge news Depreciation rates Exchange rate dynamics Exchange rate puzzles Financial market contagion Foreign exchange market microstructure Foreign exchange risk premium Information aggregation Order flows Spot exchange rates Stop-loss orders 

JEL Classifications

F3 F33 
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  • Martin D. D. Evans
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