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Panel asymmetric nonlinear unit root test and PPP in Africa

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee (), Tsangyao Chang () and Kuei-Chiu Lee

Applied Economics Letters, 2016, vol. 23, issue 8, 554-558

Abstract: This study revisits purchasing power parity (PPP) theory for 20 African countries using panel asymmetric nonlinear unit root test proposed by Emirmahmutoglu and Omay (2014), through the sequential panel selection method of Chortareas and Kapetanios (2009). While standard panel unit root tests fail to support the PPP, the empirical results from panel asymmetric nonlinear unit root test do support the PPP. However, additional tests reveal that support in all 20 African countries is mostly due to stationarity of the real effective exchange rates of Ghana and Rwanda where the adjustment process towards equilibrium is nonlinear and asymmetric.

Date: 2016
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