Devaluation, Relative Prices, and International Trade : Evidence From Developing Countries

Author/Editor:

Carmen Reinhart

Publication Date:

November 1, 1994

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Summary:

Devaluation is an integral part of adjustment in many developing countries, particularly relied upon by countries facing large external imbalances. A devaluation can only reduce trade imbalances if it translates to a real devaluation and if trade flows respond to relative prices in a significant and predictable manner. However, a recent strand in the empirical trade literature has questioned the existence of a stable relationship between trade flows and its traditional determinants. This paper re-examines the relationship between relative prices and imports and exports in a sample of 12 developing countries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/140

Subject:

Notes:

Examines on the relationship between relative prices and imports and exports in a sample of 12 developing countries. Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 42, No. 2, June 1995.

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451928679/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1401994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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