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Invoicing currency and exchange rate pass-through: evidence from firm level analysis of Italian firms

Alessandro Borin (), Andrea Linarello (), Elena Mattevi () and Giordano Zevi
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Alessandro Borin: Bank of Italy
Elena Mattevi: Bank of Italy

No 473, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: The paper analyzes how the choice of the invoicing currency used in international transactions by the Italian companies influences the transmission of exchange rates shocks to their price strategies and business activity. Companies invoicing in euros tend to not adjusting the prices of exported goods; in this case the exchange rate fluctuations are transmitted almost entirely to the prices of their goods in the destination countries, also inducing a large response of the exported volumes. On the other hand, companies that invoice in local currency transmit weakly the exchange rate fluctuations to prices in destination markets and therefore attenuate the impacts on exports volumes. Fixing prices in foreign currency is more frequent among larger and more productive companies, which tend to transfer the exchange rate shocks mostly on unit margins. Overall, despite the different transmission channels, the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on foreign turnover in euros, is quite similar among the different pricing strategies.

Keywords: invoicing currency; exchange rate pass-through (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F3 F4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-ifn, nep-mon and nep-opm
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