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International Financial Volatility and Commodity Exports: Evidence from the Thai Agricultural Sector


  • Justin B. May


Using 1981--2006 data from the Bank of Thailand, I estimate the effect of four measures of real exchange rate volatility on Thai exports of five key agricultural commodities, controlling for both the level of the real exchange rate and foreign incomes. Estimates of the effect of volatility on export volume are generally negative and often significant, lending support to a range of theoretical models that predict such an effect. No such relationship exists between lagged values of exchange rate volatility and agricultural production. The range of results obtained using various measures of volatility suggests caution in comparing studies using different measures. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Justin B. May, 2010. "International Financial Volatility and Commodity Exports: Evidence from the Thai Agricultural Sector," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 92(3), pages 763-775.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:92:y:2010:i:3:p:763-775

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    1. Wesley, J.D. & Shen, Xuan & Li, Sheng & Wilson, Norbert L.W., 2012. "Agricultural Trade Bias in Exchange Rate Volatility Effect Estimation: An Application of Meta-Regression Analysis," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124870, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Raphaël Chiappini & Yves Jégourel, 2014. "Futures Market Volatility, Exchange Rate Uncertainty and Cereals Exports: Empirical Evidence from France," GREDEG Working Papers 2014-34, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy


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