Purchasing Power Parity

Now that we have discussed what exchange rate quotations mean, we can address an obvious question: What determines the level of the spot exchange rate? In addition, because we know that exchange rates change through time, we can ask the related question, What

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VIII. Topics in Corporate Finance

22. International Corporate Finance

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CHAPTER 22 International Corporate Finance determines the rate of change in exchange rates? At least part of the answer in both cases goes by the name of purchasing power parity (PPP), the idea that the exchange rate adjusts to keep purchasing power constant among currencies. As we discuss next, there are two forms of PPP, absolute and relative.

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