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On the consumption real exchange rate anomaly

  • Christoph Thoenissen
  • Gianluca Benigno

This paper addresses the Backus-Smith puzzle regarding the absence of a link between the real exchange rate and relative consumption, in a simple dynamic general equilibrium open economy model. Following Backus and Smith (1993), we show that a very simple form of market incompleteness combined with wealth effects is sufficient in generating the observed cross-correlation. A key role is played by investment dynamics and the steady-state net foreign asset position

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 533.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed004:533
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