Pricing in International Markets: Lessons from the Economist

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Atish R. Ghosh

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Policy Development and Review Department

Holger C. Wolf

Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)

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Date Written: July 1994

Abstract

Export firms are often assumed to stabilize destination market prices in the face of nominal exchange rate changes in order to protect market share. We show that standard tests of such pricing to market fail to discriminate against the alternative hypothesis of menu costs. As a case study, we examine the characteristics and determinants of changes in the cover prices of The Economist magazine in a sample of twelve countries over the floating rate period. We find that, while the law of one price fails, there is no evidence of systematic attempts to offset nominal exchange rate movements. Instead, the findings are consistent with menu cost driven pricing behavior.

Suggested Citation

Ghosh, Atish R. and Wolf, Holger C., Pricing in International Markets: Lessons from the Economist (July 1994). NBER Working Paper No. w4806. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226509

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