New Evidence on Purchasing Power Parity from 17 OECD Countries

Posted: 8 Jun 2012  

Paresh Kumar Kumar Narayan

Deakin University - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

There is a large literature that investigates whether or not real exchange rates are stationary in an attempt to unravel support for purchasing power parity (PPP). At best, the empirical results are mixed. This paper applies a unit root test that allows for a simultaneous structural break in the intercept and slope, shown by Sen (2003) to minimize power distortions, to examine PPP for 17 OECD countries. Our results on PPP are mixed. When the real exchange rate is based on the US dollar, evidence is found of PPP for only France, Portugal and Denmark. When the real exchange rate is based on the Deutschmark, we find evidence of PPP for Austria, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark.

Suggested Citation

Narayan, Paresh Kumar Kumar, New Evidence on Purchasing Power Parity from 17 OECD Countries (2005). Applied Economics, Vol. 37, pp. 1063-1071, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079397

Paresh Kumar Kumar Narayan (Contact Author)

Deakin University - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance ( email )

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