Market Incompleteness and Exchange Rate Spill-over

45 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Last revised: 11 Jan 2023

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Date Written: June 7, 2021


I develop a general characterization of the effect that market incompleteness has on exchange rate dynamics. On the one hand, it weakens the pass-through from a country's marginal utility shocks to its own exchange rate movements; on the other hand, it gives rise to additional variations in exchange rates and propagates one country's marginal utility shocks to other countries' exchange rate movements. This novel international spill-over effect gives rise to both exchange rate disconnect from local fundamentals and exchange rate comovements in the cross-section of currencies, offering a novel channel for understanding these salient features of exchange rate behaviors.

Keywords: Incomplete Markets, Exchange Rate Disconnect, Common Currency Factors

JEL Classification: F31, F44, G15

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Jiang, Zhengyang, Market Incompleteness and Exchange Rate Spill-over (June 7, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Zhengyang Jiang (Contact Author)

Kellogg School of Management - Department of Finance ( email )

Evanston, IL 60208
United States


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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