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Aggregate price indexes, cointegration, and tests of the purchasing power parity hypothesis

  • Johnson, Paul A.

In this paper I show that cointegration tests of PPP using aggregate price indexes are not always robust to changes in relative prices. I offer a method of gauging the importance of these effects and find them to be unimportant in recent rejections of PPP.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 36 (1991)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 305-309

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:36:y:1991:i:3:p:305-309
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  1. Corbae, Dean & Ouliaris, Sam, 1988. "Cointegration and Tests of Purchasing Power Parity," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(3), pages 508-11, August.
  2. Enders, Walter, 1988. "ARIMA and Cointegration Tests of PPP under Fixed and Flexible Exchange Rate Regimes," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(3), pages 504-08, August.
  3. McNown, Robert & S. Wallace, Myles, 1989. "National price levels, purchasing power parity, and cointegration: a test of four high inflation economies," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 8(4), pages 533-545, December.
  4. Phillips, Peter C B & Ouliaris, S, 1990. "Asymptotic Properties of Residual Based Tests for Cointegration," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 58(1), pages 165-93, January.
  5. Layton, Allan P. & Stark, Jonathan P., 1990. "Co-integration as an empirical test of purchasing power parity," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 125-136.
  6. Enders, Walter, 1989. "Unit roots and the real exchange rate before World War I: the case of Britain and the USA," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 8(1), pages 59-73, March.
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