Exchange Rate Regimes and Foreign Exchange Exposure: The Case of Emerging Market Firms
41 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 28, 2014
We investigate the influence of exchange rate regimes on the foreign exchange exposure of emerging market firms. Using a sample of 1,523 firms from 20 countries for the period December 1999 to December 2010, we find that about half of the firms are significantly exposed to exchange rate fluctuations. We find that non-floating exchange rate arrangements are associated with more widespread exposure as well as a greater magnitude of firms’ exposure. Cross-sectional analyses suggest that the exchange rate regime is an important determinant of firm-level exchange rate exposure for emerging market firms, and that pegged exchange rate regimes amplify exposure. This result holds after controlling for a wide range of potential determinants of firm-level and country-level foreign exchange exposure. Our findings suggest that exchange rate regime matters at the micro as well as well as the macro level; non-floating regimes fail to protect firms from exchange rate exposure.
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