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Productivity, commodity prices and the real exchange rate: The long-run behavior of the Canada–US exchange rate

  • Choudhri, Ehsan U.
  • Schembri, Lawrence L.

The paper examines the Canada–US real exchange rate since the early 1970s to test two popular explanations of the long-run real exchange rate based on the influence of sectoral productivities and commodity prices. The empirical analysis finds that both variables exert a significant long-run effect. However, the relation for the real exchange rate has shifted as the effect of each variable has become stronger and a positive trend is present since 1990. The effect of productivity, moreover, is opposite to that predicted by the standard Balassa–Samuelson theory. An explanation of these findings is suggested based on a general-equilibrium model that includes differentiated traded manufactures and homogeneous commodities.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 537-551

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