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Keywords:

  • E31;
  • E52;
  • R19

Variations in real exchange rates across US cities are smaller than corresponding international variations, but nevertheless substantial. We find that a proportion of these variations can be explained by asymmetric responses to federal monetary policy shocks, and that a large part of the asymmetry can be explained by city-specific economic characteristics including the composition of local industry, bank size, house prices and the age distribution of the population.