Why Panel Tests of Purchasing Power Parity Should Allow for Heterogeneous Mean Reversion
43 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2005 Last revised: 16 May 2011
Date Written: October 12, 2010
Recent studies of purchasing power parity (PPP) use panel tests that fail to take into account heterogeneity in the speed of mean reversion across real exchange rates. In contrast to several other severe restrictions of panel models and tests of PPP, the assumption of homogeneous mean reversion is still widely used and its consequences are virtually unexplored. This paper analyzes the properties of homogeneous and heterogeneous panel unit root testing methodologies. Using Monte Carlo simulation, we uncover important adverse properties of the panel approach that relies on homogeneous estimation and testing. More specifically, power functions are low and assume irregular shapes. Furthermore, homogeneous estimates of the mean reversion parameters exhibit potentially large biases. These properties can lead to misleading inferences on the validity of PPP. Our findings highlight the importance of allowing for heterogeneous estimation when testing for a unit root in panels of real exchange rates.
Keywords: PPP, real exchange rates, panel models, unit root tests, heterogeneity, panel tests
JEL Classification: F31, F33, F47
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