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Impact of Exchange Rate Uncertainty on Trade Flows: Evidence from Commodity Trade between the United States and the United Kingdom

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee () and Marina Kovyryalova

The World Economy, 2008, vol. 31, issue 8, 1097-1128

Abstract: ABSTRACT Previous studies that investigated the impact of exchange rate volatility on the trade flows employed aggregate trade data and standard estimation techniques. They provided mixed results. In this paper we use disaggregated import and export data for 177 commodities traded between the United States and the United Kingdom to investigate whether volatility of the real bilateral dollar-pound exchange rate has any detrimental effect on trade flows at the commodity level. Additionally, we employ the bounds testing approach to cointegration and error-correction modelling that is suitable for the models used mostly because it does not require pre-unit-root testing and variables in the model could be stationary, non-stationary or a combination of the two. In most trade flow models estimated, we found a negative effect of exchange rate volatility on commodity trade. Copyright 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Date: 2008
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