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Do Sticky Prices Increase Real Exchange Rate Volatility at the Sector Level?

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  • Mario J. Crucini
  • Mototsugu Shintani
  • Takayuki Tsuruga

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We introduce the real exchange rate volatility curve as a useful device to understand the role of price stickiness in accounting for deviations from the Law of One Price at the sector level. In the presence of both nominal and real shocks, the theory predicts that the real exchange rate volatility curve is a U-shaped function of the degree of price stickiness. Using sector-level European real exchange rate data and frequency of price changes, we estimate the volatility curve. The results are consistent with the predominance of real effects over nominal effects. Nonparametric analysis suggests the curve is convex and negatively sloped over the majority of its range. Good-by- good variance decompositions show that the relative contribution of nominal shocks is smaller at the sector level than what previous studies have found at the aggregate level. We conjecture that this is due to significant averaging out of good-specific real microeconomic shocks in the process of aggregation.

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  • Mario J. Crucini & Mototsugu Shintani & Takayuki Tsuruga, 2010. "Do Sticky Prices Increase Real Exchange Rate Volatility at the Sector Level?," Discussion papers e-10-004, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
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    1. Crucini, Mario J. & Shintani, Mototsugu & Tsuruga, Takayuki, 2015. "Noisy information, distance and law of one price dynamics across US cities," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 52-66.
    2. Elberg, Andrés, 2016. "Sticky prices and deviations from the Law of One Price: Evidence from Mexican micro-price data," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 191-203.
    3. repec:eee:iburev:v:26:y:2017:i:6:p:1034-1050 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Real exchange rates; Law of One Price; Sticky prices; Nonparametric test for monotonicity;

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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General

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