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Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Asset Market Structure

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  • Christoph Thoenissen

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We examine the influence of financial asset market structure for the volatility of the real exchange rate. Adding distribution costs to two-country two-sector models has been shown to increase the volatility of the terms of trade and thus the real exchange rate. We argue that incomplete markets are a necessary condition for the terms of trade and real exchange rate to display realistic levels of volatility. We also illustrate that for some parameter values, how one models incomplete markets also matters for international business cycle properties of the these models.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Working Paper Series with number 200609.

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Date of creation: 15 Jul 2006
Date of revision: 15 Oct 2006
Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:0609

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Keywords: Real exchange rate volatility; financial market structure; non-traded goods; distribution costs.;

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  1. Parantap Basu & Christoph Thoenissen, 2007. "Investment Frictions and the Relative Price of Investment Goods in an Open Economy Model," CDMA Working Paper Series 200704, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, revised 15 Aug 2007.
  2. 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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