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Exchange Rate, Exchange Rate Volatility and Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Kozo Kiyota
  • Shujiro Urata

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In the light of the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) for the promotion of economic development, this paper examines the impact of the changes in the real exchange rate and its volatility on FDI. Examining Japan's FDI by industries, we found that the depreciation of the currency of the host country attracted FDI, while the high volatility of the exchange rate discouraged FDI. Our results suggest the need to avoid over-valuation of the exchange rate and to maintain stable but flexible exchange rate in order to attract FDI. Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Kozo Kiyota & Shujiro Urata, 2004. "Exchange Rate, Exchange Rate Volatility and Foreign Direct Investment," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(10), pages 1501-1536, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:27:y:2004:i:10:p:1501-1536
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