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Can International Macroeconomic Models Explain Low-Frequency Movements of Real Exchange Rates?, Pau Rabanal, Juan Rubio-Ramirez

Real exchange rates exhibit important low-frequency fluctuations. This makes the analysis of real exchange rates at all frequencies a more sound exercise than the typical business cycle one, which compares actual and simulated data after the Hodrick-Prescott filter is applied to both. A simple two-country, two-good model, as described in Heathcote and Perri (2002), can explain the volatility of the real exchange rate when all frequencies are studied. The puzzle is that the model generates too much persistence of the real exchange rate instead of too little, as the business cycle analysis asserts. Finally, we show that the introduction of adjustment costs in production and in portfolio holdings allows us to reconcile theory and this feature of the data
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; I. Introduction; II. Spectral Analysis of the RER; III. Relationship to the Literature; Tables; 1. Variance Decomposition of the RER (in percent); IV. The Baseline Model; A. Households; B. Firms; B.1 Final goods producers; B.2 Intermediate goods producers; B.3 TFP processes; C. Market Clearing; D. Equilibrium Conditions; V. Results of the Baseline Model; A. Benchmark Calibration for the Baseline Model; B. Matching the RER Spectrum; C. Some Robustness; 2. Implications of the Model with TFP Only; 3. Robustness; VI. Extensions to the Baseline Model
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non fiction
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1 online resource (44 p.)
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