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The Behaviour of the Real Exchange Rate: Evidence from an Alternative Price Index

  • Lucio Sarno
  • Ibrahim Chowdhury

Although the long-run purchasing power parity (PPP) hypothesis is expected to hold across tradable goods, all price indices available to researchers for testing the validity of PPP contain some proportion of non-tradable goods prices, which may generate substantial persistence in the real exchange rate. We construct time series for quarterly price indices that minimize the presence of non-tradable goods for six major economies. Applying recently developed nonlinear econometric techniques to the resulting five US dollar real exchange rate series for the recent floating exchange rate regime, we provide evidence that the nonlinear mean reverting properties of these real exchange rate series are stronger than the mean reverting properties of real exchange rate time series constructed using the consumer price index (CPI). In turn, these results have a natural economic interpretation. Copyright Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, 2003

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Volume (Year): 32 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 295-333

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