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Foreign direct investment and exchange rate uncertainty in South-East Asia

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  • Sylvia Gottschalk

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), UK)

  • Stephen Hall

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We investigate the relationship between exchange rate volatility, exchange rate risk diversification and the location of foreign direct investment in the manufacturing industries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. We found a strong role for the yen|dollar exchange rate in location decisions of the US and Japanese investors. There is evidence in the literature that Japanese firms invest in Asia to circumvent the appreciation of the yen. Our results show that the volatility of the yen and the correlation between local exchange rates and the yen are significant determinants of the US and Japanese investments in the region. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Sylvia Gottschalk & Stephen Hall, 2008. "Foreign direct investment and exchange rate uncertainty in South-East Asia," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(4), pages 349-359.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:13:y:2008:i:4:p:349-359
    DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.355
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    1. James P. Gander & Steve Reynolds & Richard Fowles, 2009. "FDI Flow Volatility and ASEAN Members: An Exploratory Approach," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2009_06, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
    2. Jung Wan Lee, 2015. "Dynamic Relationships between Exchange Rates and Foreign Direct Investment: Empirical Evidence from Korea," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 29(1), pages 73-90, March.
    3. Aray, Henry & Gardeazabal, Javier, 2010. "Going multinational under exchange rate uncertainty," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 1171-1191, October.
    4. Grossmann, Axel & Orlov, Alexei G., 2012. "Exchange rate misalignments in frequency domain," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 185-199.

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