Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35508
Authors: 
Alexandre, Fernando
Bação, Pedro
Cerejeira, João
Portela, Miguel
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4191
Abstract: 
Real exchange rate movements are important drivers of the reallocation of resources between sectors of the economy. Economic theory suggests that the impact of exchange rates should vary with the degree of exposure to international competition and with the technology level. This paper contributes by bringing together these two views, both theoretically and empirically. We show that both the degree of openness and the technology level mediate the impact of exchange rate movements on labour market developments. According to our estimations, whereas employment in high-technology sectors seems to be relatively immune to changes in real exchange rates, these appear to have sizable and significant effects on highly open low-technology sectors. The analysis of job flows suggests that the impact of exchange rates on these sectors occurs through employment destruction.
Subjects: 
Exchange rates
international trade
job flows
JEL: 
J23
F16
F41
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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