Why is it So Difficult to Find an Effect of Exchange Rate Risk on Trade?
Franc J. G. M. Klaassen
University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute
CentER Working Paper No. 1999-73
The question whether exchange rate risk affects trade has received considerable attention in the literature. However, the conclusions are still mixed. This paper analyzes why it is so difficult to obtain a clear answer from time series analyses. We use data on bilateral aggregate US exports to the other G7 countries. The results show that export decisions are mostly affected by the exchange rate about one year later. The riskiness of the exchange rate at such a long horizon appears fairly constant over time with only short-term fluctuations. This makes it difficult to discover the true effect of exchange risk on trade from the limited time series data that are typically available.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
JEL Classification: C22, C51, F14, F31
Date posted: February 2, 2000