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Risk aversion, exchange-rate uncertainty, and the law of one price: insights from the market for online air-travel tickets

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  • Michael G. Arghyrou
  • Andros Gregoriou
  • Panayiotis M. Pourpourides

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We argue that risk aversion driven by exchange-rate uncertainty causes a wedge between the domestic and foreign prices of a homogeneous good. We test our hypothesis using a unique micro-data set from a market with minimum imperfections. The empirical findings validate our hypothesis, as accounting for exchange-rate uncertainty we are able to explain a significant proportion of deviations from the law of one price. Overall, our analysis suggests the possibility of a new solution to the purchasing power parity puzzles.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 880-906

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:44:y:2011:i:3:p:880-906

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