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Passthrough of Exchange Rates and Purchasing Power Parity

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  • Robert C. Feenstra
  • Jon D. Kendall

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In this paper we develop and test two hypotheses about purchasing power parity (PPP) derived from the pricing behavior of profit- maximizing, exporting firms. The first is that changes in the price of traded goods relative to domestic substitutes, due to partial pass- through of exchange rates, will affect the PPP relation. The second is that PPP should hold on forward rather than spot exchange rates, due to hedging by firms. Using quarterly data for the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, we find considerable support for the first but not the second hypothesis.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4842.

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Date of creation: Aug 1994
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Publication status: published as Journal of International Economics, Vol. 43, nos. 1/2 (August 1997): 237-261.
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