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Long memory or structural breaks: Can either explain nonstationary real exchange rates under the current float?

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  • Christopher F. Baum

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    (Boston College)

  • John T. Barkoulas

    (Louisiana Tech University)

  • Mustafa Caglayan

    (Koc University)

Abstract

This paper considers two potential rationales for the apparent absence of mean reversion in real exchange rates in the post-Bretton Woods era. We allow for (i) fractional integration and (ii) a double mean shift in the real exchange rate process. These methods, applied to CPI-based rates for 17 countries and WPI-based rates for 12 countries, demonstrate that the unit-root hypothesis is robust against both fractional alternatives and structural breaks. This evidence suggests rejection of the doctrine of absolute long-run purchasing power parity during the post-Bretton Woods era.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 380.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 1998
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Publication status: published, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money, 1999, 9, 359-376.
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:380

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Keywords: purchasing power parity; long memory; structural breaks;

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