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Remoteness and Real Exchange Rate Volatility

  • Claudio Bravo-Ortega

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Julian di Giovanni

    (International Monetary Fund)

This paper examines the impact of trade costs on real exchange rate volatility. The relationship is examined by constructing a two-country Ricardian model of trade, based on the work of Dornbusch, Fischer, and Samuelson (1977), which shows that higher trade costs result in a larger nontradables sector, in turn leading to higher real exchange rate volatility. We then construct a remoteness index to proxy for trade costs, and provide empirical evidence supporting the channel. Copyright 2006, International Monetary Fund

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Volume (Year): 53 (2006)
Issue (Month): si ()
Pages: 6

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