Exchange Rate Distortion And Economic Growth In Ghana

Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, Anthony O. Gyapong

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of exchange rate distortion on economic growth in a Less Developed Country (LDC)—Ghana. Using time series data from Ghana and a five equation simultaneous model, we find that exchange rate distortion, as measured by the black market premium, has a deleterious effect on economic growth rate. The negative effect is imparted through reduced investment and a constriction of international trade. The results imply that liberalized exchange rate policies will enhance the growth prospects of LDCs, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa. [F 31, O 55].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Economic Journal
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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