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Are Service Firms Affected By Exchange Rate Movements?

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  • Jen Baggs
  • Eugene Beaulieu
  • Loretta Fung

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There is a growing literature addressing the effects of exchange rate movements on manufacturing firms, but almost no analysis concerning firms in the service sector. We analyze the effects of industry specific real exchange rate movements on the profitability, survival, and sales of Canadian service sector firms. Using rich firm-level data and service trade data, our empirical results show that real appreciations of the Canadian dollar reduce firm probability of survival, sales, and profitability while depreciations have the opposite effect. Overall, our findings suggest a significant exchange rate effect on service firms that is qualitatively similar to that found for manufacturing firms. However, the magnitude of the exchange rate effects is quite different for manufacturing and service firms. The impact of the exchange rate on profits is larger for manufacturing firms; the impact on survival is larger among service sector firms; and the impact on sales is of similar magnitude. Copyright 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation 2010 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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  • Jen Baggs & Eugene Beaulieu & Loretta Fung, 2010. "Are Service Firms Affected By Exchange Rate Movements?," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 56(s1), pages 156-176, June.
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    1. Leandro Medina, 2012. "Spring Forward or Fall Back? The Post-Crisis Recovery of Firms," IMF Working Papers 12/292, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Jen Baggs & Eugene Beaulieu & Loretta Fung & Beverly Lapham, 2016. "Firm Dynamics in Retail Trade: The Response of Canadian Retailers to Exchange Rate Shocks," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(3), pages 635-666, August.
    3. Jen Baggs & Loretta Fung & Beverly Lapham, 2015. "Exchange Rates, Cross-Border Travel, and Retailers: Theory and Empirics," Working Papers 1351, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
    4. Toraganlı, Nazlı & Yazgan, M. Ege, 2016. "Exchange rates and firm survival: An examination with Turkish firm-level data," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 433-443.
    5. Robert J. Hill & Alice O. Nakamura, 2010. "Improving Inflation And Related Performance Measures For Nations: An Introduction," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 56(s1), pages 1-10, June.

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