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Impact of exchange rate volatility on the commodity trade between Pakistan and the US

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee (), Javed Iqbal () and Saqib Ullah Khan ()
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Javed Iqbal: Quaid-i-Azam University
Saqib Ullah Khan: Quaid-i-Azam University

Economic Change and Restructuring, 2017, vol. 50, issue 2, 161-187

Abstract: Abstract The impact of exchange rate volatility on the trade flows has been intensively studied by researchers after the adoption of flexible exchange rate system. Different studies have used data from different countries at different aggregation level. In this paper we consider the experiences of 57 Pakistan’s exporting to and 52 importing industries from the US over the period 1980–2014. We find that almost 50 % of the industries are affected by exchange rate volatility in the short-run. However, short-run effects last into the long run only in 26 exporting industries and 18 importing industries. Due to such disaggregation we find that all four large exporting and importing industries are affected positively in the long run. The list includes industries coded 656 (made up articles with 32.45 % of exports share), 841 (clothing with 50.7 % exports share), 263 (cotton with 8.64 % import share) and 282 (iron and steel scrap with 2.10 % imports share).

Keywords: Exchange rate uncertainty; Industry data; Bounds testing; Pakistan; The United States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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