Pricing-to-Market, Trade Costs, and International Relative Prices

Posted: 22 Jul 2008

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Andrew Atkeson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ariel T. Burstein

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

International relative prices across industrialized countries show large and systematic deviations from relative purchasing power parity. We embed a model of imperfect competition and variable markups in a quantitative model of international trade. We find that when our model is parameterized to match salient features of the data on international trade and market structure in the US, it can reproduce deviations from relative purchasing power parity similar to those observed in the data because firms choose to price-to-market. We then examine how pricing-to-market depends on the presence of international trade costs and various features of market structure.

Keywords: Purchasing power parity, Terms of trade, Real exchange rate; Pricing-to-market, Exchange-rate pass-through

JEL Classification: F14, F41, F12

Suggested Citation

Atkeson, Andrew G. and Burstein, Ariel T., Pricing-to-Market, Trade Costs, and International Relative Prices (April 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1162854

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