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Real Exchanges Rates in Commodity Producing Countries: A Reappraisal

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  • Vincent BODART

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    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) and Department of Economics)

  • Bertrand CANDELON

    ()
    (University of Maastricht, Department of Economics)

  • Jean-François CARPANTIER

    ()
    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) and Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

Abstract

Commodity currency literature recently stressed the importance of commodity prices as a determinant of real exchange rates in developing countries (Cashin, Cespedes and Sahay 2004). We provide new empirical evidence on this issue by focusing on countries which are specialized in the export of one leading commodity. For those countries, we investigate to which extent their real exchange rate is sensitive to price uctuations of their dominant commodity. By using non-stationary panel techniques robust to cross-sectional-dependence, we find that the price of the dominant commodity has a significant long-run impact on the real exchange rate when the exports of the leading commodity have a share of at least 20 percent in the country's total exports of merchandises. Our results also show that the larger the share, the larger the size of the impact.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) with number 2011007.

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Keywords: Real exchange rates; commodity prices; non-stationary panel;

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  1. Vincent BODART & Bertrand CANDELON & Jean-François CARPANTIER, 2014. "Real exchange rates, commodity prices and structural factors in developing countries," Working Papers 2014-046, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  2. Michel Beine & Serge Coulombe & Wessel N. Vermeulen, 2012. "Dutch Disease and the Mitigation Effect of Migration: Evidence from Canadian Provinces," CREA Discussion Paper Series 12-06, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  3. Virginie Coudert & Cécile Couharde & Valérie Mignon, 2013. "On the Impact of Oil Price Volatility on the Real Exchange Rate - Terms of Trade Nexus : Revisiting Commodity Currencies," Working Papers 2013-40, CEPII research center.
  4. Vincent BODART & Jean-François CARPANTIER, 2014. "Real Exchange Rates and Skills," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2014005, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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