Institute of Social and Economic Research
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2012||Noisy Information, Distance and Law of One Price Dynamics Across US Cities|
with Mario J. Crucini, Mototsugu Shintani: w17815
Using micro price data across US cities, we provide evidence that both the volatility and persistence of deviations from the law of one price (LOP) are positively correlated with the distance between cities. A standard, two-city, equilibrium model with time-varying technology under homogeneous information can predict the relationship between the volatility and distance but not between the persistence and distance. To account for the latter fact, we augment the standard model with noisy signals about the state of nominal aggregate demand that are asymmetric across cities. We further establish that the interaction of imperfect information and sticky prices improves the fit of the model.
Published: Crucini, Mario J. & Shintani, Mototsugu & Tsuruga, Takayuki, 2015. "Noisy information, distance and law of one price dynamics across US cities," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 52-66. citation courtesy of
|June 2010||Do Sticky Prices Increase Real Exchange Rate Volatility at the Sector Level?|
with Mario J. Crucini, Mototsugu Shintani: w16081
We introduce the real exchange rate volatility curve as a useful device to understand the role of price stickiness in accounting for deviations from the Law of One Price at the sector level. In the presence of both nominal and real shocks, the theory predicts that the real exchange rate volatility curve is a U-shaped function of the degree of price stickiness. Using sector-level European real exchange rate data and frequency of price changes, we estimate the volatility curve. The results are consistent with the predominance of real effects over nominal effects. Nonparametric analysis suggests the curve is convex and negatively sloped over the majority of its range. Good-by-good variance decompositions show that the relative contribution of nominal shocks is smaller at the sector level than...
Published: Crucini, Mario J. & Shintani, Mototsugu & Tsuruga, Takayuki, 2013. "Do sticky prices increase real exchange rate volatility at the sector level?," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 58-72. citation courtesy of
|April 2009||The Law of One Price Without the Border: The Role of Distance Versus Sticky Prices|
with Mario J. Crucini, Mototsugu Shintani: w14835
We examine the role of nominal price rigidities in explaining the deviations from the Law of One Price (LOP) across cities in Japan. Focusing on intra-national relative prices isolates the border effect and thus enables us to extract the pure effect of sticky prices. A two-city model with nominal rigidities and transportation costs predicts that the variation of LOP deviations is lower for goods with less frequent price adjustment after controlling for the distance separating the cities. Using retail price data for individual goods and services collected in Japanese cities, we find strong evidence supporting this prediction. Adapting the Engel and Rogers (1996) regression framework to our theoretical setting, we quantify the separate roles of nominal rigidities and trade costs (proxied by ...
Published: MarioJ. Crucini & Mototsugu Shintani & Takayuki Tsuruga, 2010.
"The Law of One Price without the Border: The Role of Distance versus Sticky Prices,"
Royal Economic Society, vol. 120(544), pages 462-480, 05.
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|October 2008||Accounting for Persistence and Volatility of Good-Level Real Exchange Rates: The Role of Sticky Information|
with Mario J. Crucini, Mototsugu Shintani: w14381
Volatile and persistent real exchange rates are observed not only in aggregate series but also in the individual good level data. Kehoe and Midrigan (2007) recently showed that, under a standard assumption on nominal price stickiness, empirical frequencies of micro price adjustment cannot replicate the time-series properties of the law-of-one-price deviations. We extend their sticky price model by combining good specific price adjustment with information stickiness in the sense of Mankiw and Reis (2002). Under a reasonable assumption on the money growth process, we show that the model fully explains both persistence and volatility of the good-level real exchange rates. Furthermore, our framework allows for multiple cities within a country. Using a panel of U.S.-Canadian city pairs, we esti...
Published: Crucini, Mario J. & Shintani, Mototsugu & Tsuruga, Takayuki, 2010.
"Accounting for persistence and volatility of good-level real exchange rates: The role of sticky information,"
Journal of International Economics,
Elsevier, vol. 81(1), pages 48-60, May.
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