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Dollarization Of Debt Contracts: Evidence From Chilean Firms

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This paper uses a new data set to estimate the causes and consequences of foreign currency debt in rms' balance sheet. The vidence from this sample of Chilean firms indicates that dollar-denominated debt is more used by larger firms and those more exposed to foreign competition. We find evidence that dollar denominated debt combines with exchange rate movements to produce a negative balance-sheet effect that reduces firm's investment in periods of strong exchange rate depreciation. This negative balance-sheet effect is associated with long term debt and appears to be non-linear in the amount of real exchange rate depreciation.
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  • Miguel FUENTES, 2009. "Dollarization Of Debt Contracts: Evidence From Chilean Firms," The Developing Economies, Institute of Developing Economies, vol. 47(4), pages 458-487.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:deveco:v:47:y:2009:i:4:p:458-487
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