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Exchange rate uncertainty and domestic investment in Ghana

Bernard Njindan Iyke and Sin-Yu Ho ()

Cogent Economics & Finance, 2017, vol. 5, issue 1, 1362157

Abstract: The impact of exchange rate uncertainty on domestic investment remains a topical issue in international finance. The existing studies based on macro- or micro-level data have produced mixed findings leaving the issue widely open for further investigation. We revisit this issue at the macro-level by differentiating the short-run impacts of exchange rate uncertainty from long-run impacts. Using annual data for Ghana covering the period 1980–2015, we found that exchange rate uncertainty has differential impacts on domestic investment in the short run. That is, while the current level of uncertainty enhances investment, previous levels of uncertainty dampen investment. In the long run, exchange rate uncertainty has a positive impact on domestic investment. These findings are robust to alternative specifications of our model.

Date: 2017
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