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US--Malaysia Trade at Commodity Level and the Role of the Real Exchange Rate


  • Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee
  • Hanafiah Harvey


Previous studies that were concerned with the impact of depreciation of the ringgit on the Malaysian trade balance employed data either between Malaysia and rest of the world or between Malaysia and each of her major trading partners. Specifically, the bilateral trade balance between Malaysia and the US is shown to be insensitive to the real bilateral ringgit--dollar rate. In this article we wonder if disaggregating trade flows between Malaysia and the US by commodity could help us to discover any significant effects that the real exchange rate could have. We consider 101 industries that export from US to Malaysia and 17 industries that import from Malaysia. While majority of the industries showed short-run sensitivity to the real bilateral exchange rate, short-run effects lasted into the long run almost in half of the industries in both group.

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  • Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee & Hanafiah Harvey, 2012. "US--Malaysia Trade at Commodity Level and the Role of the Real Exchange Rate," Global Economic Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(1), pages 55-75, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:glecrv:v:41:y:2012:i:1:p:55-75
    DOI: 10.1080/1226508X.2012.655028

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