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Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Asset Market Structure

  • Christoph Thoenissen

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We examine the influence of financial asset market structure for the volatility of the real exchange rate. Adding distribution costs to two-country two-sector models has been shown to increase the volatility of the terms of trade and thus the real exchange rate. We argue that incomplete markets are a necessary condition for the terms of trade and real exchange rate to display realistic levels of volatility. We also illustrate that for some parameter values, how one models incomplete markets also matters for international business cycle properties of the these models.

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Date of creation: 15 Jul 2006
Date of revision: 15 Oct 2006
Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:0609
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