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Exchange Rates. 20-2 Exchange Rates Nominal exchange rate: price of one currency in terms of another currency (bilateral exchange rate) –example: 1.30.

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1 Exchange Rates

2 20-2 Exchange Rates Nominal exchange rate: price of one currency in terms of another currency (bilateral exchange rate) –example: 1.30 dollars per euro or euros per dollar –determines price of imports –foreign exchange market –denote as e nom, units of the foreign currency per unit of domestic currency Nominal effective exchange rate: average nominal exchange over several other important trade-related currencies

3 20-3 Exchange Rates

4 20-4 Exchange Rates Real Exchange Rate (RER): the price of domestic goods relative to foreign goods –says how much foreign good you could get for domestic good The price of the average domestic good or service relative to the price of the average foreign good or service, when the prices are expressed in terms of a common currency

5 20-5 Exchange Rates RER Example –Should you buy a Japanese or American computer for your company? Price of U.S. computer = $2,400 Price of Japanese computer = 242,000 yen Exchange rate = 110 yen/dollar Price in dollars = price in yen/yen-dollar exchange rate –Price in yen = price in dollars x value of dollar in terms of yen –Price in dollars = 242,000 yen/110 = $2,200 –Japanese computer is cheaper. –Real exchange rate = $2,400/$2,200 = 1.09

6 20-6 Exchange Rates Real Exchange Rate (RER) If a countrys real exchange rate is rising, its goods are becoming more expensive relative to the goods of the other country –NX will tend to be low when the real exchange rate is high. Real exchange rate = terms of trade => competitiveness Real exchange rate is an index and is unit-less

7 20-7 Exchange Rates

8 20-8 Purchasing Power Parity Law of One Price and Purchasing Power Parity Identical goods & services should sell at same price no matter where they are sold…otherwise opportunity for profits (i.e. arbitrage) –Law of one price: same price for a commodity Candy bar in Port-of-Spain versus San Fernando Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) –The theory that nominal exchange rates are determined as necessary for the law of one price to hold –Exchange rates should move to equalize prices across countries

9 20-9 Purchasing Power Parity PPP implies currencies of countries that experience significant inflation will tend to depreciate

10 20-10 Purchasing Power Parity Example –How many Indian rupees equal to one Australian dollar? Bushel of grain cost 5 Australian dollars or 150 rupees 5 Australian dollars = 150 rupees –Or, a 30 rupee to 1 Aus. Dollar ratio Nominal exchange rate should equal 30 rupees/Australian dollar –If not 30:1, what should happen?

11 20-11 Purchasing Power Parity –How many Indian rupees equal one Australian dollar? Suppose price of grain in India increases from 150 to 300 rupees Price of grain in Australia still equals 5 Australian dollars –Originally: implied exchange rate 5:150 or 1:30 –Now: implied exchange rate 5:300 or 1:60 1 Australian dollar = 60 rupees Nominal exchange rate increased from 30 to 60 rupees/Australian dollar Indian currency depreciated Australian currency appreciated

12 20-12 Purchasing Power Parity Does not hold up well in short run –Transportation costs –Border effect – tariffs, technical requirements, regional monopoly power –Pricing to market Goods prices are sticky Reduces exchange rate pass through –Nontradable sector Higher productivity, higher nontradable wages, higher nontradable inflation Works better in the long run

13 20-13 Price differences between US and Canadian Cities. Figure 19.4

14 20-14 Currency Depreciation (% pa) Inflation and Currency Depreciation Five Year Window Inflation Differential

15 20-15 Inflation and Currency Depreciation Twenty Year Window Currency Depreciation (% pa)

16 20-16 Power Purchasing Parity McParity & the Big Mac Index –The Economist's Big Mac index is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP) using the Big Mac –The cheapest burger in the chart is in China, at $1.26, compared with an average American price of $3. The PPP implies that the yuan is 58% undervalued relative to its Big Mac dollar-PPP. On the same basis, the euro is 25% overvalued, the yen 17% undervalued.

17 20-17 McParity

18 20-18 Exchange Rate RER reflects competitivenessthe higher a countrys RER, the more expensive its goods and services are to foreigners. => as the RER, a countrys NX growth will, leading to a current account deficit (and vice versa) –Note: nominal exchange rate can fall but be offset by higher domestic inflation so that RER stays constant


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