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Exchange rate undervaluation and R&D activity

Shiu-Sheng Chen

Journal of International Money and Finance, 2017, vol. 72, issue C, 148-160

Abstract: We examine how real exchange rate undervaluation policy affects research and development (R&D) activity. Using a panel data set comprising 49 developed and developing countries covering 1996–2011, we show that undervaluing the exchange rate retards technological innovation. Such a negative impact is particularly prominent for developed countries. This paper provides new insights into the real effects of undervaluation policy on the economy. An implication of our work is that countries implementing exchange rate undervaluation policy should be mindful of its potential negative effects on research and development activity.

Keywords: Research and development; Undervaluation policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 O31 F38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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