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Asymmetric exchange rate pass-through in the Euro area: new evidence from smooth transition models


  • Nidhaleddine Ben Cheikh

    () (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


This paper examines the presence of asymmetric behavior in exchange rate passthrough (ERPT) to CPI inflation in 12 euro area (EA) countries. Using a class of nonlinear smooth transition models, the author tests for asymmetry with respect to the direction and the magnitude of exchange rate changes. On the one hand, the author finds only 5 out of 12 EA countries showing asymmetric pass-through related to exchange rate appreciations and depreciations. Results are somewhat mixed with no clear evidence about the direction of asymmetry. On the other hand, the author reports strong evidence that ERPT responds asymmetrically to the size of exchange rate changes as a result of presence of menu costs. The degree of ERPT is found to be higher for large exchange rate changes than for small ones in 9 out of 12 EA countries.

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  • Nidhaleddine Ben Cheikh, 2012. "Asymmetric exchange rate pass-through in the Euro area: new evidence from smooth transition models," Post-Print halshs-00761014, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00761014
    DOI: 10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2012-39
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    2. Nidhaleddine Ben Cheikh & Christophe Rault, 2016. "The Pass‐through of Exchange Rate in the Context of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(2), pages 154-166, April.
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    euro area; Exchange rate pass-through; inflation; smooth transition regression models;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics


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