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The Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Japanese Consumption Exports

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  • Thorbecke, Willem

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Kato, Atsuyuki

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

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This paper investigates how exchange rates affect Japanese exports. This is difficult because many of Japan’s exports are used to produce goods for re-export. An appreciation in the importing country that decreases exports can decrease its imported inputs from Japan. To correct for this bias the authors examine consumption exports. Using a panel dataset of Japan’s consumption exports to 17 countries over the 1988–2009 period, they found that a 10% appreciation of the yen would reduce Japan’s consumption goods exports by 9%. These results indicate that the large swings in the value of the yen over the last decade have caused large swings in the volume of Japanese exports.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank Institute in its series ADBI Working Papers with number 298.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 26 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0298

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Keywords: exchange rate elasticities; japanese consumption exports;

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  1. ITO Keiko & SHIMIZU Junko, 2013. "Industry-Level Competitiveness, Productivity, and Effective Exchange Rates in East Asia," Discussion papers 13094, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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