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Plant Scale and Exchange‐Rate‐Induced Productivity Growth

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  • Loretta Fung
  • Jen Baggs
  • Eugene Beaulieu

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This paper examines the impact of exchange rate movements on firm‐level productivity through changes in the scale of production. We employ plant‐level data to examine whether, and in what direction, exchange rate movements affect the scale of production, and how these changes in scale influence productivity. The paper finds that a real appreciation of the domestic currency reduces shipments and this negative effect is larger for exporters (both domestic and foreign owned). The paper also finds evidence that the appreciation‐induced reduction of scale negatively affects productivity at the plant level. This scale effect more than offsets any potential gains from the appreciation‐induced reduction in the price of imported inputs.

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  • Loretta Fung & Jen Baggs & Eugene Beaulieu, 2011. "Plant Scale and Exchange‐Rate‐Induced Productivity Growth," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(4), pages 1197-1230, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:20:y:2011:i:4:p:1197-1230
    DOI: j.1530-9134.2011.00311.x
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