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Remoteness and Real Exchange Rate Volatility

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  • Claudio Bravo-Ortega

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Julian di Giovanni

    (International Monetary Fund)

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This paper examines the impact of trade costs on real exchange rate volatility. The relationship is examined by constructing a two-country Ricardian model of trade, based on the work of Dornbusch, Fischer, and Samuelson (1977), which shows that higher trade costs result in a larger nontradables sector, in turn leading to higher real exchange rate volatility. We then construct a remoteness index to proxy for trade costs, and provide empirical evidence supporting the channel. Copyright 2006, International Monetary Fund

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Volume (Year): 53 (2006)
Issue (Month): si ()
Pages: 6

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  1. Vatcharin Sirimaneetham, 2006. "Explaining policy volatility in developing countries," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 06/583, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  2. Philippe Aghion & Philippe Baccheta & Romain Ranciere & Kenneth Rogoff, 2006. "Exchange Rate Volatility and Productivity Growth: The Role of Financial Development," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 06-16, Swiss Finance Institute.
  3. Michael Bleaney & Manuela Francisco, 2010. "What Makes Currencies Volatile? An Empirical Investigation," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 21(5), pages 731-750, November.
  4. Michael Bleaney & Mo Tian, . "Currency Networks, Bilateral Exchange Rate Volatility and the Role of the US Dollar," Discussion Papers 11/06, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.
  5. Claudio Bravo-Ortega, 2009. "Do Multilateral Trade Linkages Explain Bilateral Real Exchange Rate Volatility?," Working Papers wp304, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
  6. Chaiyasit Anuchitworawong, 2011. "Comment on "Identifying the Relationship Between Trade and Exchange Rate Volatility"," NBER Chapters, in: Commodity Prices and Markets, East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 20, pages 110-114 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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