PPP: A Disaggregated View
Christoph A. Fischer
Applied Financial Economics, Vol. 16, No. 1-2, 2006
By disaggregating price indices, it becomes apparent that the real exchange rate consists of the real exchange rate for a single good and a weighted sum of relative prices between goods. When applying a battery of panel unit root tests to this sum and its components, it is found that both the sum and the relative prices are non-stationary. This implies that PPP is invalid even if the LOP holds for all goods. The findings contrast with the result from panel unit root tests that real exchange rates as a whole are stationary. Several suggestions for solving the conflict are discussed.
Keywords: purchasing power parity, real exchange rate, panel unit root tests
JEL Classification: F31, C33Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 7, 2012
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