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Asymmetric and Non-Asymmetric Impact of Real Effective Exchange Rate on Trade in Nigeria

Adedayo Emmanuel Longe (), Folake Adenola (), Adewale Musliudeen Balogun () and Shehu Muhammad ()
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Adedayo Emmanuel Longe: Department of Economics, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria
Folake Adenola: Department of Economics, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria
Adewale Musliudeen Balogun: Department of Economics, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria
Shehu Muhammad: Department of Social Sciences, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State, Nigeria

Izvestiya, 2019, issue 4, 259-274

Abstract: The trend of trade in Nigeria has been a major concern in the economy over the years. The trend has been traced to the risk furnished by the unstable nature of the real effective exchange rate of the naira on traders. On this note, the study investigates the asymmetric and non-asymmetric impact of the real effective exchange rate on trade in Nigeria using secondary data from 1980 to 2017. The study adopts both ARDL and NARDL technique to analyse the data. From the ARDL estimate, it was revealed that the real effective exchange rate has a significant negative impact on trade services in Nigeria. For the NARDL estimates, the findings show that there is an insignificant negative impact of both negative and positive changes in real effective exchange rate on trade in Nigeria. The implication of this is that non-asymmetric real effective exchange rate is a significant determinant of trade in Nigeria. The study therefore recommends that there is a need to devise strategic policies that will aid trade (most especially export) in Nigeria to enhance the currency value to other major countries of the world. Therefore, diversification of the export base product objective of the Central Bank of Nigeria current administration is supported by this study.

Keywords: Trade services; real effective exchange rate; ARDL; NARDL (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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