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Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Asset Market Structure

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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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  • Christoph Thoenissen, 2006. "Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Asset Market Structure," CDMA Working Paper Series 200609, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, revised 15 Oct 2006.
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    1. Parantap Basu & Christoph Thoenissen, 2007. "Investment Frictions and the Relative Price of Investment Goods in an Open Economy Model," CDMA Working Paper Series 200704, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, revised 15 Aug 2007.
    2. Chung-Fu Lai, 2014. "The Choice of Exchange-rate Regime in the Framework of New Open Economy Macroeconomics," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(1), pages 1-35, March.
    3. M. Hadzi-Vaskov, 2007. "Does the Nominal Exchange Rate Explain the Backus-Smith Puzzle? Evidence from the Eurozone," Working Papers 07-32, Utrecht School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Real exchange rate volatility; financial market structure; non-traded goods; distribution costs.;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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