Exchange Rate Dynamics with Sluggish Prices under Alternative Price-Adjustment Rules


Obstfeld, Maurice, and Kenneth Rogoff. 1984. “Exchange Rate Dynamics with Sluggish Prices under Alternative Price-Adjustment Rules.” International Economic Review 25: 159-174.
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This paper studies exchange rate behavior in models with moving long-run equilibria incorporating alternative price-adjustment mechanisms.The paper demonstrates that price-adjustment rules proposed by Mussa andby Barro and Grossman yield models that are empirically indistinguishable from each other. For speeds of goods-market adjustment that are "too fast," the Barro-Grossman rule appears to induce instability; but we argue that when the ruleis interpreted properly, models incorporating it are dynamically stable regardless of the speed at which disequilibriumis eliminated. The Barro-Grossman pricing scheme is shown to be a natural generalization, to a setting of moving long-run equilibria, of less versatile schemes proposed in earlier literature on exchange rate dynamics.


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