NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Pricing Physical Assets Internationally

Bernard Dumas

NBER Working Paper No. 2569
Issued in April 1988
NBER Program(s):International Trade and Investment, International Finance and Macroeconomics

Transferring physical capital and transferring production and sales activities from one country to the other typically entails large adjustment costs. The model of this paper features two homogeneous stocks of physical capital located in two different countries separated by an 'ocean'. The two physical stocks are optimally invested in a random production process yielding real returns, consumed by local residents, or transferred abroad. Retro- fitting, transferring and re-building capital equipment, and increasing production and sales abroad either takes time (during which capital is idle) or consumes real resources. As a result, the price of capital-consumption goods located in one place is not equal to that of goods located in the other place. The stochastic process for this deviation from the Law of One Price (LOP) is obtained. By construction, this process is compatible with financial market efficiency and with the possibility of (costly) trade in commodities. Whereas empirical studies have found no evidence against the hypothesis that LOP deviations follow a martingale, the theoretical process which I find, exhibits mean reversion (as well as a fair degree of conditional heteroscedasticity) when investors are risk averse.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2569

Published: "Dynamic Equilibrium and the Real Exchange Rate in a Spatially Separated World," Review of Financial Studies, vol. 5, 1992, pp. 153-180

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