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The Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Japanese Consumption Exports

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  • Willem Thorbecke

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Atsuyuki Kato

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This paper investigates how exchange rates affect Japanese exports. This is difficult because many of Japan’s exports are used to produce goods for re-export. An appreciation in the importing country that decreases exports can decrease its imported inputs from Japan. To correct for this bias we examine consumption exports. Using a panel dataset of Japan’s consumption exports to 17 countries over the 1988–2009 period, we find that a 10% appreciation of the yen would reduce Japan’s consumption goods exports by 9%. These results indicate that the large swings in the value of the yen over the last decade have caused large swings in the volume of Japanese exports

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  • Willem Thorbecke & Atsuyuki Kato, 2011. "The Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Japanese Consumption Exports," Macroeconomics Working Papers 23238, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:macroe:23238
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    2. Keiko Ito & Junko Shimizu, 2015. "Industry-Level Competitiveness, Productivity and Effective Exchange Rates in East Asia," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 29(2), pages 181-214, June.
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    Keywords

    exchange rates; Japanese exports; effects of the exchange rate; Japan; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements

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