Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)

Research Article: 2019 Vol: 18 Issue: 2

Factors Influencing Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in Bangladesh Economy: 1986-2017

Nurul Mohammad Zayed, Daffodil International University

Fatema Nusrat Chowdhury, Daffodil International University

Md. Kamruzzaman, Daffodil International University

Md. Sariful Islam, Independent Researcher


This paper has investigated the effect of inflation, CPI and GDP on real exchange rate. The main purpose of this paper is to find out that how much selected macroeconomic variables influencing real exchange rate in Bangladesh in 1986-2017. Firstly, the paper showed descriptive statistic. This paper tested ADF unit root for showing whether panel data is stationary or not. By testing Johansen Test for co-integration paper has shown the relationship between real exchange rate with Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation rate. The results showed that in Bangladesh Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) did not hold and there had negative relationship among those variables. For measuring the stability of the model ECM, CUSUM and CUSUMQ tests have been applied. The results showed that the model was stable during 1986-2017. So at the end of this study, it is appeared that the trend of this model will continue in the next following years in Bangladesh. Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) didn’t hold and real exchange rate is highly influenced by selected macroeconomic variables. 


Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Real Exchange Rate, Inflation Rate (INF), Error Correction Model (ECM), Augmented Dicky-Fuller (ADF) Test.


Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) is a well-known non-classical theory of macroeconomics. It is well known because this theory indicates that in certain period of time, between two countries’ goods and services price should be equal. We can easily compare one country to another county’s production. Every economy calculates their annual production by their own currency by comparing all countries’ output determined by PPP. Generally PPP is highly concern for real exchange rates. This concept was developed for the purpose of determination of exchange rate model. In the days of financial liberalization and globalization international business were highly affected by the exchange rate not only in large economy but also is all over the world economy. In market exchange rate there is lots of limitation, like if one country’s currency value changes then exchange rate also changes. In every economy market exchange rate is determined by demand and supply, but for comparing different economy, PPP is appropriate. The objective of this research is to find out how much PPP are influenced by selected macroeconomic factors like Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Inflation Rate (INF). In every economy it is so much crucial to analyze which factor highly influences exchange rate for taking course of actions to develop the policies. That’s why this research topic has been selected.

Literature Review

Oskooee (1993) found a little empirical support for the PPP by analyzing data of the year 1973-1988.

Chen & Devereux (2003) found that US cities’ prices are lower compare to OECD countries. They didn’t found positive strong stationarity that might help PPP in United States of America (USA).

Hong & Phillips (2005) found that the conventional Regression Error Specification Test (RESET) gave shaking to size of distortion while using the non-stationarity time series. Their paper also showed that there had bias between non-stationarity and Regression Error Specification Test (RESET).

Christidou & Panagiotidis (2010) examined the effect of single currency in fifteen European countries on PPP are face to face US dollar ($) after and before appearance of the euro (€). Their unit root test has accepted PPP and at time stationarity didn’t support PPP.

Papell & Theodoridis (2011) examined PPP and found that it was not stronger for Non- European currency compare to European currency.

Tweneboah (2010) found a long run relationship among exchange rate, interest rate and prices in Ghana during 1997-2007. PPP and UIP didn’t hold strictly relation between USA and Ghana over period 1997-2007.

Khan & Qayyum (2011) tested Johansen co-integration and bound test to find out the existing relationship between exchange rate and PPP. Their result showed that in long run there is a positive relationship. For eliminating deviation of long run PPP, error correlation suggested that nominal exchange rate was significantly playing a role.

Oskooee & Hegerty (2009) tested unit root and co-integration test for determining the PPP. There were misting results of panel studies, co-integration test and unit root test results were highly affected by low power and didn’t support.

Hoquea & Banerjee (2012) found that real exchange rate were not constant in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh over the period of 35 years. PPP did not hold in long run in those countries by considering unit root test.

After reviewing lots of paper, different aspects of the relationship between real exchange and lots of macroeconomic variables was found. Previous studies didn’t examine the effects of macroeconomic variables like inflation, CPI and GDP on real exchange rate in Bangladesh economy. This paper attempted to address this gap.


The purpose of the study is to find out the factors that influence PPP in Bangladesh during 1986-2017. The general objective is to measure the relationship between real exchange rate, inflation rate, CPI and GDP. The specific object of this paper is to find out the effect of inflation rate, CPI and GDP on real exchange rate in Bangladesh economy with reference to 1986-2017.


This paper is fully based on secondary data; it didn’t attempt to deal with any primary data. For collecting data, difference sources like Bangladesh bank library, difference journal, newspapers especially world development indicator reports, different websites etc. have been used. This paper has used some macroeconomic variables like as Real Exchange Rate, Inflation Rate, CPI and GDP. To find out the stationary of time series data, Augmented Dickey-Fuller (ADF) test has been tested and Johansen long run co-integration model has been used to detect the long run association among these variables. To test the stability of the PPP model Cumulative Sum of Squares (CUSUMQ) and Cumulative Sum (CUSUM) have been used, Error Correction Model (ECM) has been applied to test structural stability. This paper also showed Descriptive statistics of variables.

Theory And Model

The purpose of using PPP is to compare level of income of different countries. When two country’s purchasing power is same and exchange rate in the point of equilibrium, PPP exist. In world economy, economist’s uses two types of PPP, one is absolute and another one is relative purchasing power parity. Absolute purchasing power parity describes the equalization of price level of the country. On the other hand, relative purchasing power parity works on the inflation rates those changes by movements of price level of a particular economy.

rt=α+β01inft2CPIt3GDPtt (1)

In this model rt is representing the real exchange rate, inft is inflation rate, CPIt is the Consumer Price Index and GDPt is Gross Domestic Product. For examining the short run dynamic in relationship among real exchange rate, inflation rate, consumer price index and gross domestic product, an ECM model has been developed.

Δlnr=α0+ α1Δlninft-i2lnCPIt-i+lnGDPt-i+Δlnrt-i+ α2Ut-i+ϵt

Where, Ut-I=lnr2t01lninft1CPI11GDPt (2)


α4Ut-1-expresses the error correction term, it is the residual from the co integrating equation, α3indicated the error correction coefficient and αi are the estimated short term coefficients (Jammeh, 2012). If the real exchange rate rises (under devaluation of currency), then the growth of the economy is quite evident.


Econometric Estimations

Table 1: Descriptive Statistics
Mean 116.332 2.265 105.373 0.052
Median 155.900 0.078 121.450 0.053
Maximum 156.800 10.800 245.030 0.071
Minimum 30.410 0.019 24.280 0.021
Std. Dev. 50.125 3.876 45.880 0.013
Skewness -0.760 1.347 -0.054 -0.809
Kurtosis 1.964 3.058 4.566 2.972
Jarque-Bera 4.511 9.687 3.288 3.492
Probability 0.104 0.007 0.193 0.174
Sum 3722.634 72.498 3371.940 1.684
Sum Sq. Dev. 77887.98 465.858 65256.95 0.005
Observations 32 32 32 32
Table 2: Augmented Dicky Fuller (Adf) Unit Root Test
Variable C (constant) and T (trend) in the equation ADF statistics Optimum lag
R C and T -1.695 0
INF C and T -5.432 6
CPI C and T -0.682 0
GDP C and T -3.006 0
Table 3: Johansen Test For Co-Integration
Hypothesized No. of CE(s) Trace statistic 0.05 Critical Value Eigen value Hypothesized No. of CE(s) Max-Eigen Statistics 0.05 Critical Value
None* 53.872 47.856 0.608 None* 28.158 27.584
At most 1 25.714 29.797 0.361 At most 1 13.473 21.131
At most 2 12.241 15.494 0.311 At most 2 11.211 14.264
At most 3 1.029 3.841 0.033 At most 3 1.029 3.841

Figure 1: Visual Plots For All The Variables

Table 4: Corresponding Adjustment Coefficients And Normalized Co-Integrating Vectors
Variable β coefficients α Coefficients Standard error t-value
R 1.000 -3.055 - -
INF -545.718 -1.028 9.981 2.512
CPI -39.396 -2.482 0.833 2.234
GDP -31583.84 -0.001 950.182 -1.319
Constant -295.655 - - -
Table 5: Error Correction Representation
Variable Coefficient Standard Error t-value
Constant 6.681 4.016 1.663
D (RER(-1)) -0.142 0.205 -0.694
D (RER(-2)) -0.004 0.195 -0.022
D (INFLATION(-1)) -0.076 0.178 -0.427
D (INFLATION(-2)) -0.197 0.145 -1.362
D (CPI(-1)) 0.028 0.531 0.054
D (CPI(-2)) 0.434 0.455 0.952
D (GDP(-1)) -0.561 0.213 -2.633
D (GDP(-2)) -0.366 0.208 -1.754
R-squared 0.543 0.824 0.245 0.415
Adj. R-squared 0.327 0.740 -0.112 0.137
Sum sq. resids 5858.249 13.323 15888.39 0.001
S.E. equation 17.559 0.837 28.917 0.009
F-statistic 2.5178 9.891 0.685 1.497
Log likelihood -118.119 -29.871 -132.586 99.389
Akaike AIC 8.835 2.749 9.833 -6.164
Schwarz SC 9.307 3.221 10.305 -5.693
Mean dependent 4.312 -0.332 7.461 0.001
S.D. dependent 21.418 1.644 27.417 0.010

Figure 2: Cumulative Sum (Cusum) Statistic

Figure 3: Cumulative Sum (Cusum) Of Square Statistic


The descriptive statistic result showing that real exchange rate, inflation rate, consumer price index and gross domestic product are asymmetrically distributed. Table 1 also shows positive Kurtosis meaning that all variables’ distribution is peaked in this paper (Oskooee, 1993). From ADF unit root test (Table 2), it can be said that all these macroeconomic variables are stationary (Hoquea & Banerjee, 2012). By testing Johansen Test for co-integrating (Table 3) it has been estimated that at least there has 1 co integrating equation in this model, Trace statistic and Max-Eigen Statistics (Figure 1) also support this co-integrating equation (Tweneboah, 2010). From the Table 4 it can be said that there exist negative relationship among real exchange rate, inflation rate, consumer price index and gross domestic product. Here is the retrieved cointegration equation (Hong & Phillips, 2005).

rt=1.00-545.72 inft-39.4CPI-31583.84 GDPt-295.66ϵt (3)

From Table 5, it is very clear that the relationship among all those macroeconomic variables were stable during 1986-2017. From R-squared value it is worth of saying that the data sets is relatively good for this work. Here real exchange can be explained properly because FStatistic is robust enough at 5% significant level (Khan & Qayyum, 2011). From Figures 2 and 3, CUSUM and CUSUMQ tests suggest that this model is stable in long run.

In Bangladesh economy, there were negative relationship among real exchange rate with GDP, CPI, and inflation during 1986-2017. So, PPP didn’t hold because real exchange rate was highly influence by the macroeconomic variables. In this paper equation 3 showed that if GDP, CPI and inflation go up then real exchange rate goes down because they are negatively correlated.

Conclusion And Policy Suggestions

In Bangladesh this trend is good for economy because this research found that the relationship real exchange rate, GDP, CPI and inflation was negative within the significant level. Lower exchange rate is good for economy because if the exchange rate becomes lower, the overall economic condition becomes strong. So the government of Bangladesh and the central bank can take courses of actions for expanding for GDP.