Foreign Exchange Shocks and Gasoline Consumption

36 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2018 Last revised: 29 Oct 2019

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Hamed Ghoddusi

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; Economic Research Forum

Mohammad Morovati

Khatam University

Nima Rafizadeh

HEC Montreal

Date Written: November 10, 2018


In an open economy, the foreign exchange rate (FER) influences incentives for the cross-border shopping of gasoline as well as the opportunity cost of using vehicles and the relative attractiveness of home versus foreign travel. Using monthly regional-level data of gasoline consumption in Iran, we estimate the impact of exchange rate shocks (both in level and volatility) on gasoline demand. We find that positive exchange rate shocks have a negative impact on total gasoline consumption as well as on vehicle users' demand in both short-run and long-run. Furthermore, we find that in the periods that FER is less volatile, the responsiveness of gasoline demand to a change in FER is more pronounced.

Keywords: Foreign Exchange Rate, Exchange Rate Volatility, Gasoline Consumption, Elasticity of Demand, Panel Data Estimation

JEL Classification: C23, F31, Q41, R41

Suggested Citation

Ghoddusi, Hamed and Morovati, Mohammad and Rafizadeh, Nima, Foreign Exchange Shocks and Gasoline Consumption (November 10, 2018). Energy Economics, Vol. 84, 2019, Available at SSRN: or

Hamed Ghoddusi (Contact Author)

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo ( email )

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States

Economic Research Forum ( email )


Mohammad Morovati

Khatam University ( email )


Nima Rafizadeh

HEC Montreal ( email )

Montreal, Quebec

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