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Exchange Rates and Import Prices in Switzerland

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For the case of Switzerland, this paper endeavours to estimate the empirical extend with which exchange rates are "passed-through" onto import prices. For data covering the 1999 to 2010 period, the results suggest that (i) on aggregate, the exchange rate pass-through is highly incomplete with an elasticity of around 0.2 and (ii) major differences arise between industries. In particular, relatively large pass-through effects can be observed for commodities and other standardised products such as paper, timber, or minerals whilst for automobiles and textiles, the impact of the exchange rate upon import prices is negligible and statistically far from significant.

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  • Nils Herger, 2012. "Exchange Rates and Import Prices in Switzerland," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 148(III), pages 381-407, September.
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    1. Nils Herger, 2015. "Market Entries and Exits and the Nonlinear Behaviour of the Exchange Rate Pass-Through into Import Prices," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 313-332, April.
    2. Herger Nils, 2013. "Market Entries and Exits and the Nonlinear Behaviour of the Exchange Rate Pass-Through into Import Prices," Working Papers 13.08, Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee.

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    Keywords

    Exchange Rate Pass-Through; Import Prices; Swiss Franc;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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