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Authors: 
Bekkers, Eddy
Francois, Joseph
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz 1202
Abstract: 
We study the labor market effects of bilateral exchange rate realignment. We place emphasis on the composition of trade, the role of intermediates, and the underlying conditions of the labor market. Employment effects hinge on the fraction exported to and imported from the trading partner. A larger fraction exported to and a smaller fraction imported from the trading partner make it more likely that appreciation has beneficial effects. Furthermore, more sticky price expectations in wage formation, a smaller fraction of intermediates in the production process, and a lower rate of importer pass through make it more likely that appreciation of the exchange rate of the trade partner has positive employment effects. At a more technical level, the scope for substitution away from higher priced inputs, either toward other sources of supply, or toward value added, is also important to the direction and magnitude of changes in employment.
Subjects: 
bilateral exchange rates
devaluation
exchange rates and trade
trade and employment
JEL: 
F32
F41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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