How sensitive are Singapore’s inpayments and outpayments to exchange rate changes: Evidence from commodity trade with Malaysia

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee, Hanafiah Harvey

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Abstract

There are a few methods that could be used to assess the impact of exchange rate changes on the trade balance of a country. One of them is to analyse the effects of exchange rate changes on a country’s inpayments and outpayments at the bilateral level. One study that did this between Singapore and her 13 largest partners did not find any significant effects of exchange rate changes on Singapore’s inpayments from and outpayments to Malaysia, the largest trading partner. Suspecting that such findings could suffer from aggregation bias, we disaggregate the trade flows between the two countries by commodity and investigate the sensitivity of the inpayments of 156 Singapore export industries which engage in 98% of exports to Malaysia, and the outpayments of 133 import industries which conduct 96.7% of imports from Malaysia. Application of the bounds testing approach to each and every industry’s model revealed that most industries respond to exchange rate changes in the short run. In the long run, however, only the inpayments of 62 industries and outpayments of 52 industries are affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-205
Number of pages41
JournalInternational Journal of Public Policy
Volume14
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Administration

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