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Price Commitment vs. Flexibility: The Role of Exchange Rate Uncertainty and Its Implications for Exchange Rate Pass-Through

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  • Chang, Byoung-Ky
  • Lapan, Harvey E.

This paper investigates the incentives to commit price or retain price flexibility in a model in which exporting firms face different degrees of exchange rate uncertainty. The result shows that introducing exchange rate uncertainty can lead to the endogenous emergence of an unique leader-follower equilibrium; which firm emerges as price leader depends on the substitutability of products, the magnitude of exchange rate uncertainty and the cost structure. Our study may provide one explanation as to why some exporters set price before the realization of the nominal exchange rates (モsticky priceヤ). The results imply exchange rate variability affects exchange rate pass-through.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 5252.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
Publication status: Published in Review of International Economics, September 2003, vol. 11 no. 4, pp. 679-711
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5252
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