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An Alternative Theory of Long-Run Exchange Rate Determination. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, June 2009, Pages: 100
Conventional exchange rate models are based on the
fundamental hypothesis that, in the long run, real
exchange rates adjust in such a way as to make
countries equally competitive, eliminating trade
surpluses and deficits. The contention of this book,
based on the theoretical underpinnings of absolute
competitive advantage, is that movements of long-run
exchange rate are determined by real unit costs of
tradable goods. According to this argument, the
empirical finding of persistent trade imbalances is
not the exception, but rather an anticipated outcome.
When competitive absolute advantage replaces the, all
too often embraced, principle of comparative
advantage a framework emerges that stands in
opposition to orthodox models. A theoretically
grounded, empirically robust explanation of real
exchange rate movements is constructed that can be of
practical use to researchers, but also, and equally
importantly, to policymakers.
Rania , Antonopoulos.
Rania Antonopoulos is Research Scholar at the Levy Economics
Institute of Bard College and Director of the Gender
Equality and the Economy program. She serves as an expert
advisor to UNDP and is co-director of the global Economists for
Full Employment network. Her current research is on
employment guarantee policies and gender equality.