Currency Volatility and Global Technological Innovation

67 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2020 Last revised: 27 Sep 2021

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Po-Hsuan Hsu

National Tsing Hua University - Department of Quantitative Finance; National University of Singapore (NUS) - Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER)

Mark P. Taylor

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Brookings Institution

Zigan Wang

Tsinghua University; The University of Hong Kong - School of Economics and Finance; Columbia University

Qi Xu

Zhejiang University - School of Economics and Academy of Financial Research

Date Written: September 27, 2021

Abstract

We investigate the real effects of foreign exchange (FX) volatility on technological innovation. Using a 32-market, three-decade sample, we show that heightened FX volatility associates with significantly lower firm-level R&D expenditures, patents granted, and forward citations. The negative FX volatility-innovation relation can be attributed to precautionary savings needs and trade slowdown. The relationship is stronger for firms with financial constraints, with the use of foreign debt, and in more open economies; it is weaker for firms with derivatives hedging, with higher sales, and in countries with better financial development. We also use FX regime changes and the collapse of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism to support a causal interpretation.

Keywords: Foreign Exchange Volatility, Technological Innovation, Patents, R&D

JEL Classification: F31, O30, G32

Suggested Citation

Hsu, Po-Hsuan and Taylor, Mark P. and Wang, Zigan and Xu, Qi, Currency Volatility and Global Technological Innovation (September 27, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3562827 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3562827

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Qi Xu

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