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Dollarization of Debt Contracts: Evidence from Chilean Firms

  • Miguel Fuentes

    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

This paper uses a new data set to estimate the causes and consequences of foreign currency debt in rms' balance sheet. The vidence from this sample of Chilean firms indicates that dollar-denominated debt is more used by larger firms and those more exposed to foreign competition. We find evidence that dollar denominated debt combines with exchange rate movements to produce a negative balance-sheet effect that reduces firm's investment in periods of strong exchange rate depreciation. This negative balance-sheet effect is associated with long term debt and appears to be non-linear in the amount of real exchange rate depreciation.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 326.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ioe:doctra:326
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