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Corporate Investment and the Real Exchange Rate

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  • Mai Chi Dao
  • Camelia Minoiu
  • Jonathan David Ostry

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We examine the relationship between real exchange rate depreciations and indicators of firm performance using data for a sample of more than 30,000 firms from 66 (advanced and emerging market) countries over the 2000-2011 period. We show that depreciations boost profits, investment, and sales of firms that are more financially-constrained and have higher labor shares. These findings are consistent with the view that depreciations boost internal financing opportunities by reducing real wages, thereby spurring investment. We show that these effects on firm performance are enduring, including in the market valuation of firms.

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  • Mai Chi Dao & Camelia Minoiu & Jonathan David Ostry, 2017. "Corporate Investment and the Real Exchange Rate," IMF Working Papers 17/183, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:17/183
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    1. Ryan Niladri Banerjee & Boris Hofmann & Aaron Mehrotra, 2020. "Corporate investment and the exchange rate: The financial channel," BIS Working Papers 839, Bank for International Settlements.

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    Real exchange rates; Corporate investment; Wages; Emerging markets; Developed countries; Exchange rate depreciation; labor share; real exchange rate; real effects of depreciation; General;

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