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Financial Frictions and Export Dynamics in Large Devaluations
David Kohn
Fernando Leibovici
Michal Szkup
Abstract

We study the role of financial frictions and balance-sheet effects in accounting for the dynamics of aggregate exports in large devaluations. We investigate a small open economy with heterogeneous firms, where firms face financing constraints and debt can be denominated in foreign units. We find that these channels can explain only a small fraction of the dynamics of exports observed in the data. While these frictions distort production and investment decisions, they affect exports significantly less since firms reallocate sales across markets in response to real exchange rate changes. We document the importance of this mechanism using plant-level data.


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David Kohn & Fernando Leibovici & Michal Szkup, Financial Frictions and Export Dynamics in Large Devaluations, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Working Papers 2017-13, 01 May 2017.
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Keywords: Financial frictions; large devaluations; export dynamics; balance-sheet effects.
DOI: 10.20955/wp.2017.013
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