Global Value Chains and the Exchange Rate Elasticity of Exports

Author/Editor:

Swarnali A Hannan ; Maximiliano Appendino ; Michele Ruta

Publication Date:

November 30, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyzes how the formation of Global Value Chains (GVCs) has affected the exchange rate elasticity of exports. Using a panel framework covering 46 countries over the period 1996-2012, we first find some suggestive evidence that the elasticity of real manufacturing exports to the Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER) has decreased over time. We then examine whether the formation of supply chains has affected this elasticity using different measures of GVC integration. Intuitively, as countries are more integrated in global production processes, a currency depreciation only improves competitiveness of a fraction of the value of final good exports. In line with this intuition, we find evidence that GVC participation reduces the REER elasticity of manufacturing exports by 22 percent, on average.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/252

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 30, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513531793/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015252

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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