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Limiting Currency Volatility to Stimulate Goods Market Integration; A Price-Based Approach


  • David C. Parsley
  • Shang-Jin Wei


This paper studies the effect of instrumental and institutional stabilization of exchange rate volatility on the integration of goods markets. Rather than using data on volume of trade, this paper employs a 3-dimensional panel of prices of 95 very disaggregated goods (e.g., light bulbs) in 83 cities around the world during 1990-2000. We find that the impact of an institutional stabilization-currency board or dollarization-promotes market integration far beyond an instrumental stabilization. Among them, long-term currency unions are more effective than more recent currency boards. All have room to improve relative to a U.S. benchmark.

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  • David C. Parsley & Shang-Jin Wei, 2001. "Limiting Currency Volatility to Stimulate Goods Market Integration; A Price-Based Approach," IMF Working Papers 01/197, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/197

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    Dollarization; Hard pegs; Monetary unions; currency union; market integration; exchange rate; exchange rate variability; nominal exchange rate; exchange rate volatility; International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance


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