Why is it So Difficult to Find an Effect of Exchange Rate Risk on Trade?

Franc J.G.M. Klaassen
2000 Social Science Research Network  
It is commonly argued that exchange rate risk hampers international trade. However, the large literature on this subject has not yet provided conclusive evidence. This paper analyzes why it is so difficult to obtain a clear answer from time series analyses. We use data on bilateral aggregate U.S. exports to the other G7 countries. The results show that, as far as the exchange rate concerns, export decisions are mostly affected by the probability distribution of the about one-year-ahead rate.
more » ... year-ahead rate. The riskiness of the exchange rate at such a long horizon appears fairly constant over time with only short-term fluctuations. This makes it difficult to discover the true effect of exchange rate risk on trade from the time series data that are typically available. two referees for their very useful and constructive comments.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.199903 fatcat:7rncltam6ngf3ozjhwiikjoua4