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Cost Pass Through in a Competitive Model of Pricing-to-Market

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  • Raphael Anton Auer
  • Thomas Chaney

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This paper builds up an extension to the Mussa and Rosen (1978) model of quality pricing under perfect competition. Our model incorporates decreasing returns to scale. First, we predict that exchange rate shocks are imperfectly passed through into prices. Second, prices of low quality goods are more sensitive to exchange rate shocks than prices of high quality goods. Third, in response to an exchange rate appreciation, the composition of exports shifts towards higher quality and more expensive goods. We test those predictions using highly disaggregated price and quantity US import data. We find that the prices of high quality goods, proxied as high unit price goods, are more sensitive to exchange rate movements. Moreover, we find evidence that in response to an exchange rate appreciation, the composition of exports shifts towards high unit price goods.

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  • Raphael Anton Auer & Thomas Chaney, 2008. "Cost Pass Through in a Competitive Model of Pricing-to-Market," Working Papers 2008-06, Swiss National Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:snb:snbwpa:2008-06
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    Keywords

    Pricing-to-Market; Exchange Rate Pass Through; Local Distribution;
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    JEL classification:

    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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