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On openness and real exchange rate volatility


  • Mark J. Holmes

    () (University of Waikato)

  • Sayeeda Bano

    () (University of Waikato)


We address the puzzle concerning the inverse relationship between openness and real exchange rate volatility. We argue that the relationship can be explained by increased openness facilitating purchasing power parity. Using New Zealand data, we show that increased openness prolongs real exchange regimes characterised by fast mean-reversion and low volatility.

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  • Mark J. Holmes & Sayeeda Bano, 2008. "On openness and real exchange rate volatility," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 6(14), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08f40021

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    1. Devereux, Michael B. & Lane, Philip R., 2003. "Understanding bilateral exchange rate volatility," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 109-132, May.
    2. Hau, Harald, 2002. "Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Economic Openness: Theory and Evidence," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 34(3), pages 611-630, August.
    3. Alba, Joseph D. & Papell, David H., 2007. "Purchasing power parity and country characteristics: Evidence from panel data tests," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(1), pages 240-251, May.
    4. Michael Bleaney, 2008. "Openness and Real Exchange Rate Volatility: In Search of an Explanation," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 19(2), pages 135-146, April.
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    1. Sayeeda Bano, 2010. "ASEAN-New Zealand Trade Relations and Trade Potential," Working Papers in Economics 10/01, University of Waikato.

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    JEL classification:

    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade


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