Real Exchange Rates, Economic Complexity, and Investment

Author/Editor:

Steve Brito ; Nicolas E Magud ; Sebastian Sosa

Publication Date:

May 10, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We show that the response of firm-level investment to real exchange rate movements varies depending on the production structure of the economy. Firms in advanced economies and in emerging Asia increase investment when the domestic currency weakens, in line with the traditional Mundell-Fleming model. However, in other emerging market and developing economies, as well as some advanced economies with a low degree of structural economic complexity, corporate investment increases when the domestic currency strengthens. This result is consistent with Diaz Alejandro (1963)—in economies where capital goods are mostly imported, a stronger real exchange rate reduces investment costs for domestic firms.

Series:

Working Paper No. 18/107

English

Publication Date:

May 10, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484354834/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2018107

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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