Accounting for U.S. Real Exchange Rate Changes
University of Washington Economics Working Paper
49 Pages Posted: 25 May 1999
This study measures the proportion of U.S. real exchange rate movements that can be accounted for by movements in the relative prices of non-traded goods. The decomposition is done at all possible horizons that the data allow--from one month up to thirty years. The accounting is performed with five different measures of non-traded goods prices and real exchange rates, for exchange rates of the U.S. relative to a number of other high income countries in each case. The outcome is surprising--relative prices of non-traded goods appear to account for almost none of the movement of U.S. real exchange rates. This pattern appears to be true even during fixed nominal exchange rate episodes. Special attention is paid to the U.S. real exchange rate with Japan. The possibility of mismeasurement of traded goods prices is explored.
JEL Classification: F3, F4
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