Sectoral j-curve effects

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Conference publication

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Wijeweera, A & Dollery, BE 2012, 'Sectoral j-curve effects', in Proceedings of ACE2012: 41st Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne, Vic., 8-12 July, Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-17. ISBN: 9781862726956

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The J-curve effect phenomenon suggests that currency devaluation would worsen the trade balance in the short run, but improve it in the long run. This paper examines whether J-curve effects are different between the two main components of the trade account: the goods sector trade balance and the service sector trade balance. We use quarterly Australian data over 1988- 2011 period to investigate this question. Using the bound testing approach to cointegration and error correction modelling, we find some evidence to support the J-curve phenomenon, but the impact of real exchange rate on the trade account seems complex. While the services sector displays a J-curve effect, the goods sector response is quite the opposite: it has a positive response in the short run, but a weak negative response in the long run.