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Devaluation, pass-through and foreign reserves dynamics in a tourism economy


  • Chao, Chi-Chur
  • Lu, Lee-Jung
  • Lai, Ching-Chong
  • Hu, Shih-Wen
  • Wang, Vey


This paper examines the effects of currency devaluations on goods prices and foreign reserves for a small-open economy with inbound tourism. Tourism transforms non-traded goods into exportable goods. Devaluations yield an over pass-through to the prices of the non-traded tourism goods. This may hurt the trade balance and hence lead to a decline in foreign reserves for the economy.

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  • Chao, Chi-Chur & Lu, Lee-Jung & Lai, Ching-Chong & Hu, Shih-Wen & Wang, Vey, 2013. "Devaluation, pass-through and foreign reserves dynamics in a tourism economy," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 456-461.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:30:y:2013:i:c:p:456-461 DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2012.09.050

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    Tourism; Exchange rate; Pass-through;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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