Asymmetry and Hysteresis: Two Perspectives on Pricing-to-Market Nonlinearity

Pricing decisions of exporters, who are facing imperfect competition in their destination markets, might depend on exchange rate changes. While empirical literature often assumes that the impact of the exchange rate on the exporters’ prices is linear and the markup adjustment does not depend on magnitude or direction of the exchange rate change, we question this statement and test for hysteresis and asymmetry of pricing-to-market (PTM). Using the German export beer market as an example, we show that both types of nonlinearities play an important role in PTM decisions.

Author: Svetlana Fedoseeva, Laura M. Werner
Volume: 2014.02
Publisher: INFER
Year: 2014
No. of pages: 31
Category: INFER working papers

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