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On the consumption real exchange rate anomaly

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  • Christoph Thoenissen
  • Gianluca Benigno

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This paper addresses the Backus-Smith puzzle regarding the absence of a link between the real exchange rate and relative consumption, in a simple dynamic general equilibrium open economy model. Following Backus and Smith (1993), we show that a very simple form of market incompleteness combined with wealth effects is sufficient in generating the observed cross-correlation. A key role is played by investment dynamics and the steady-state net foreign asset position

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 533.

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  1. Ghironi, Fabio & Melitz, Marc J, 2004. "International Trade and Macroeconomic Dynamics with Heteroegenous Firms," CEPR Discussion Papers 4595, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Christoph Thoenissen, 2004. "Real exchange rates, current accounts and the net foreign asset position," Money Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Conference 2004 71, Money Macro and Finance Research Group.
  3. Fernando Lorenzo & Rosa Osimani & Patricio Valenzuela, 2005. "The Elasticity of Substitution in Demand for Non-Tradable Goods in Uruguay," Research Department Publications 3171, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  4. Fernando Lorenzo & Rosa Osimani & Patricio Valenzuela, 2005. "Elasticidad de la sustitución en la demanda de bienes no transables en Uruguay," Research Department Publications 3172, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  5. M. Hadzi-Vaskov, 2008. "Does the nominal exchange rate explain the Backus-Smith puzzle? evidence from the Eurozone," Working Papers 07-32, Utrecht School of Economics.

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