Real Exchange Rate Misalignments and Growth

33 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2000 Last revised: 20 May 2008

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Ofair Razin


Susan M. Collins

Brookings Institution - Economic Studies Program; Georgetown University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: September 1997


Real exchange rate (RER) misalignment is now a standard concept in international macroeconomic theory and policy. However, there is neither a consensus indicator of misalignment, nor an agreed upon methodology for constructing such an indicator. This paper constructs an indicator of RER misalignment for a large sample of developed and developing countries. This indicator is based on a well-structured but simple extension of an IS-LM model of an open economy. The paper then uses regression analysis to explore whether RER misalignments are related to country growth experiences. Interestingly the work finds that there are important non-linearities in the relationship. Only very high over-valuations" appear to be associated with slower economic growth, while moderate to high (but not very high) under-valuations appear to be associated with more rapid economic growth.

Suggested Citation

Razin (deceased), Ofair and Collins, Susan Margaret1, Real Exchange Rate Misalignments and Growth (September 1997). NBER Working Paper No. w6174. Available at SSRN:

Ofair Razin (deceased)



Susan Margaret1 Collins (Contact Author)

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Georgetown University - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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