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The Current Account, Monetary Policy, Market Sentiment And The Real Exchange Rate: Some Implications For The Farm Sector


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  • O'Mara, L. Paul
  • Wallace, N.A.
  • Meshios, Helen
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    The real effective value of the Australian dollar declined sharply between early 1985 and September 1986. 'Market fundamentals' associated with the deterioration in Australia's terms of trade and current account, and rising foreign debt levels are the commonly cited explanation for the decline. However, several other shorter term influences may have also contributed. Theoretical and empirical analysis indicates that market fundamentals might explain, at most, 20 percentage points of the 37 per cent decline in the rate over this period. Thus, a significant real appreciation would be expected over the medium term prior to, and quite independently of, any recovery in Australia's terms of trade in general or in world farm commodity prices in particular.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 31 (1987)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:ajaeau:22272

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    1. O'Mara, L. Paul, 1988. "The Medium Term Outlook for the Real Exchange Rate and Real Interest Rates," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 56(01), April.
    2. Hogan, Lindsay I. & Sterland, Barry, . "Inflation, Monetary Policy and Australia's Primary Industries," 1991 Conference (35th), February 11-14, 1991, Armidale, Australia 145905, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. Tie, Graeme & Bartley, Scott W. & O'Mara, L. Paul, 1994. "Agriculture in an open market economy," 1994 Conference (38th), February 8-10, 1994, Wellington, New Zealand 147927, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


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