Exchange Rate Fluctuations and Trade Flows : Evidence From the European Union

Author/Editor:

Giovanni Dell'Ariccia

Publication Date:

August 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyzes the effects of exchange rate volatility on bilateral trade flows. Through use of a gravity model and panel data from western Europe, exchange rate uncertainty is found to have a negative effect on international trade. The results seem to be robust with respect to the particular measures representing exchange rate uncertainty. Particular attention is reserved for problems of simultaneous causality. The negative correlation between trade and bilateral volatility remains significant after controlling for the simultaneity bias. However, a Hausman test rejects the hypothesis of the absence of simultaneous causality.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/107

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451852950/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1071998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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