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Why is it so difficult to find an effect of exchange rate risk on trade?

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  • Klaassen, Franc

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It is commonly argued that exchange rate risk depresses international trade. However, the large literature on this subject has not yet provided conclusive evidence. This paper analyzes why it is so difficult to obtain a clear answer from time series analyses. We use data on bilateral aggregate U.S. exports to the other G7 countries. The results show that export decisions are mostly affected by the exchange rate about one year later. The riskiness of the exchange rate at such a long horizon appears fairly constant over time with only short-term fluctuations. This makes it difficult to discover the true effect of exchange risk on trade from the limited time series data that are typically available.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Money and Finance.

Volume (Year): 23 (2004)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 817-839

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:23:y:2004:i:5:p:817-839

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