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Exchange rate uncertainty and private investment in BRICS economies

Martin Ruzima () and Micheal Kofi Boachie ()
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Martin Ruzima: Annamalai University
Micheal Kofi Boachie: Annamalai University

Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science, 2018, vol. 2, issue 1, 65-77

Abstract: Abstract Macroeconomic uncertainty is a major challenge facing policymakers. Exchange rate is usually associated with high level of volatility in developing economies. This has potential effect on other economic variables such as investment. This paper empirically examines the impact of exchange rate uncertainty on private investment in the BRICS bloc. Using cross-country time series data from World Development Indicators, for 1997–2015, we built an ARCH-based measure of exchange rate volatility to proxy uncertainty. The results show that uncertainty resulting from exchange rate volatility has a negative effect on private investment in both random and fixed effects as well as GMM estimations. Therefore, policy may focus on stabilizing domestic currencies in BRICS countries.

Keywords: Private investment; Exchange rate; Uncertainty; BRICS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E44 F31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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