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How Elastic is East Asian Demand for Consumption Goods?

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  • Willem Thorbecke

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This paper investigates import demand in East Asia. Estimating exchange rate elasticities for countries in the region is difficult because many imports are used to produce goods for re-export. An exchange rate appreciation that reduces East Asian exports will also reduce the demand for imported inputs that are used to produce exports. To correct for this bias this paper examines the imports of consumption goods, since these are intended primarily for the domestic market. Results from several specifications indicate that currency appreciations and increases in income in East Asian countries would significantly increase consumption imports.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of International Economics.

Volume (Year): 19 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 950-962

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Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:19:y:2011:i:5:p:950-962

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  1. Yin-Wong Cheung & Menzie D. Chinn & Eiji Fujii, 2009. "China's Current Account and Exchange Rate," Working Papers 142009, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
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  1. Willem Thorbecke, 2011. "Transpacific Imbalances and Macroeconomic Codependency," Macroeconomics Working Papers 23237, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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