Exchange Rate Assessment in a Resource - Dependent Economy: The Case of Botswana

Author/Editor: Del├ęchat, Corinne ; Gaertner, Matthew
Publication Date: March 01, 2008
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Summary: The paper combines various methodologies to assessing the level of the exchange rate in Botswana, explicitly taking into account the implications of its dependency on diamond exports. Real exchange rate estimation indicates that, after a period of overvaluation, Botswana's real effective exchange rate is now broadly in line with economic fundamentals. The projected current account path is also consistent with external sustainability, defined to ensure sufficient savings of diamond wealth in order to maintain a stable import and consumption path through 2050. Sustaining consumption over the longer term will however require to address obstacles to non-diamond exports' competitiveness.
Series: Working Paper No. 08/83
Subject(s): Exchange rate assessments | Botswana | Diamonds | Exports | Competition | Real effective exchange rates | Current account balances

Author's Keyword(s): Botswana | competitiveness | equilibrium exchange rate | external sustainability
Publication Date: March 01, 2008
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2008083 Pages: 29
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