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The Effects Of Exchange Rate Variability On Exports: Evidence From Uganda (1988 – 2001)

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  • David Kihangire

    (Phd)

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Using monthly data, this study investigates the effects of exchange rate variability on Uganda’s aggregate export growth under the floating exchange rate policy regime (1994-2001), benchmarked on the fixed exchange rate regime (1988-1993). The main research question it posits is: “What is the effect of exchange rate variability on Uganda’s exports?” Premised on risk-aversion, the study tests the main hypothesis that ‘Uganda’s exports are negatively and significantly correlated with exchange rate variability.’ Due to lack of pure I(0) or I(1) for all the series, and absence of endogeneity and simultaneous bias problems between export supply and export demand, the ARDL approach to cointegration and OLS are applied in the study. The results suggest support for the research hypothesis. The policy implication is that intervention targeting the minimisation of excessive volatility in the real effective exchange rate under the floating regime may contribute to supporting export sector growth, economic growth, and overall external macroeconomic stability in Uganda.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series International Trade with number 0505013.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 21 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0505013

Note: Type of Document - doc; pages: 40. The study was part of my Ph.D. research study at the University of Bradford.
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Keywords: Uganda; Exports; Exchange Rate Variability;

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