Insignificant and Inconsequential Hysteresis: The Case of the U.S. Bilateral Trade
This paper casts doubt on the validity of the hysteresis hypothesis as an explanation of the persistent U.S. trade deficits in the 1980s. We propose two tests to investigate two different implications of the hypothesis. The first implication is that cumulative changes in exchange rates, in addition to current exchange rate levels, are important determinants of trade flows. The second implication is that foreign exporting firms' perceptions of exchange rate volatility will affect their decisions to enter or exit the market. We find little support for either aspect of the hysteresis hypothesis.
|Date of creation:||May 1994|
|Publication status:||published as Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 75, no. 4 (1993): 606-613.|
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