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Non-linear quantile unit root test and PPP: more evidence from Africa

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee (), Tsangyao Chang (), Zahra (Mila) Elmi, Abera Gelan and Omid Ranjbar

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 7, 465-471

Abstract: It is now a common practice to establish stationarity of the real exchange rate as a sign of purchasing power parity (PPP) hypothesis. In this article, we consider the real effective exchange rates of 29 African countries. When we apply conventional linear unit root tests, we find support for the PPP in eight countries. However, when we shift to the newly introduced non-linear quantile unit root test, support for the PPP increases to 15 countries.

Date: 2018
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