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Foreign Currency Pricing

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  • Levina, Irina
  • Zamulin, Oleg

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A special case of dollarization is analyzed: quotation of prices in dollars. The proposed explanation is price stickiness: when price adjustment is costly, firms prefer to fix their prices in a stable foreign currency in order to avoid frequent price changes. The proposed model demonstrates that there are often two Nash equilibria in an economy populated by symmetric firms: an equilibrium with uniform domestic currency pricing and one with uniform dollar pricing. Hence, foreign currency pricing may exhibit hysteresis. The model also demonstrates that the degree of competition in the economy is important in determining the pricing currency.

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  • Levina, Irina & Zamulin, Oleg, 2006. "Foreign Currency Pricing," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 38(3), pages 679-696, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:38:y:2006:i:3:p:679-696
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    1. Konstantin Styrin & Oleg Zamulin, 2003. "Estimating Price Rigidities in the Russian Real Estate Markets," Working Papers w0026, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
    2. Pavel Kadochnikov, 2006. "An Analysis of Import Substitution in Russia after the 1998 Crisis," Research Paper Series, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, issue 95, pages 148-148.
    3. Shilov, Andrey & Möller, Joachim, 2009. "The wage curve in Russia, 1995-2005," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(2), pages 90-92, February.
    4. Andrey Shilov & Joachim Mueller, 2008. "Wage curve: theory and empirics (in Russian)," Quantile, Quantile, issue 4, pages 93-100, March.
    5. Kamps, Annette, 2006. "The euro as invoicing currency in international trade," Working Paper Series 665, European Central Bank.

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