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Exchange rate fluctuations, firm size, and export behavior: an empirical investigation

Abdul Rashid () and Shahid Mahmood Waqar ()
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Shahid Mahmood Waqar: International Islamic University

Small Business Economics, 2017, vol. 49, issue 3, 609-625

Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we examine how changes in the exchange rate and its volatility affect the export behavior of manufacturing firms. We also investigate whether both exchange rate changes and exchange rate volatility affect firms of different sizes differently. Applying the two-step system generalized method of moment estimator on our data for a sample of 221 Pakistani manufacturing firms, we find that the real exchange rate depreciation has positive impacts, whereas the exchange rate volatility has negative impacts on firms’ exports. We also find that compared to large-sized firms, small- and medium-sized exporting firms are more likely to benefit from currency depreciations. Yet, regarding the effect of exchange rate volatility, we find that the adverse impact of exchange rate volatility is weaker for large-sized firms as compared to small- and medium-sized firms. Our findings confirm the presence of nonlinearity in export-deterring (favoring) effects of exchange rate volatility (depreciation) on exporting behavior depending on firm size. Pakistan should design and implement export-favoring preferential policies by emphasizing on real exchange rate stabilization and providing incentives to large firms to come into being. Small- and medium-sized enterprises should develop such export strategies that help reduce their size disadvantages, particularly in managing exchange rate risks.

Keywords: Exports; Exchange rates; Volatility; SMEs; Firm size; Domestic demand; Borrowing ability; Manufacturing firms; The system GMM estimator (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D21 F14 F31 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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