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On the Real Exchange Rate Effects of Higher Electricity Prices in South Africa

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  • Jan van Heerden
  • James Blignaut
  • André Jordaan

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The paper uses a static Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of South Africa and simulates various shocks to the price of electricity. We attempt different closures to the model and compare their respective effects on the Consumer Price Index. In a CGE model, this is measuring the real appreciation of the exchange rate, or international trade competitiveness. In general, we conclude that electricity prices per se does not significantly influence the real exchange rate, regardless of which closure is used.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 96.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:96

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  1. Harrison, W Jill & Pearson, K R, 1996. "Computing Solutions for Large General Equilibrium Models Using GEMPACK," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 9(2), pages 83-127, May.
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