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Does an Undervalued Currency Promote Growth? Evidence from China

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  • Artatrana Ratha
  • Eungmin Kang
  • Mary Edwards

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    (Department of Economics, St. Cloud State University)

Abstract

Whether currency devaluation promotes growth is an empirically open question. Coexistence of an undervalued currency and the world�s largest trade surplus alongside a booming economy makes China a unique case study. Using the bounds-testing approach to cointegration and error correction modeling proposed by Pesaran et al. (2001), we estimate a reduced form model for China. The findings suggest that devaluation of the Yuan is contractionary in the short run but expansionary in the long run.

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Paper provided by Saint Cloud State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008-2 Classification- F31, F32, and F33.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:scs:wpaper:0802

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Keywords: devaluation; output; growth; China; cointegration;

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  1. Muhammad, Shahbaz & Faridul, Islam & Naveed, Aamir, 2011. "Is devaluation contractionary? empirical evidence for Pakistan," MPRA Paper 32520, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 01 Aug 2011.

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