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Passthrough of Exchange Rates and Purchasing Power Parity

Robert C. Feenstra, Jon D. Kendall

NBER Working Paper No. 4842
Issued in August 1994
NBER Program(s):   ITI

In this paper we develop and test two hypotheses about purchasing power parity (PPP) derived from the pricing behavior of profit- maximizing, exporting firms. The first is that changes in the price of traded goods relative to domestic substitutes, due to partial pass- through of exchange rates, will affect the PPP relation. The second is that PPP should hold on forward rather than spot exchange rates, due to hedging by firms. Using quarterly data for the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, we find considerable support for the first but not the second hypothesis.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4842

Published: Journal of International Economics, Vol. 43, nos. 1/2 (August 1997): 237-261.

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