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The US-China Trade Imbalance: Will Revaluing the RMB Help (Much)?

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  • Nicolaas Groenewold

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    (UWA Business School, University of Western Australia)

  • Lei He

    (UWA Business School, University of Western Australia)

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    The large US-China trade imbalance is a common cause for concern and regularly blamed on the undervaluation of the RMB. We estimate a simple model of the trade balance and simulate the long-run effects on the trade balance of RMB revaluations in the range of 10-50%. We find that improvements in the trade balance following plausible revaluations are likely to be modest.

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    Paper provided by The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion / Working Papers with number 06-27.

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    Length: 10 pages
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:06-27

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