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Currency Choice and Exchange Rate Pass-through

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  • Gopinath, Gita
  • Itskhoki, Oleg
  • Rigobon, Roberto

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In the open economy macro literature with nominal rigidities, the currency in which goods are priced has important implications for optimal monetary and exchange rate policy and for exchange rate pass-through. We show, using novel data on currency and prices for U.S. imports, that even conditional on a price change, there is a large difference in the pass-through of the average good priced in dollars (25%) versus non-dollars (95%). We document this to be the case across countries and within disaggregated sectors. This finding contradicts the assumption in an important class of models that the currency of pricing is exogenous. We present a model of endogenous currency choice in a dynamic price setting environment and show that the predictions of the model are strongly supported by the data.

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  • Gopinath, Gita & Itskhoki, Oleg & Rigobon, Roberto, 2010. "Currency Choice and Exchange Rate Pass-through," Scholarly Articles 30703874, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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