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Exchange Rate Undervaluation and Sectoral Performance of the South African Economy

Njindan Iyke, Bernard (2016): Exchange Rate Undervaluation and Sectoral Performance of the South African Economy.

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Abstract

The paper uncovers the channels through which real exchange rate undervaluation influences the performance of the South African economy. We decompose the South African economy into three sectors, namely: agriculture, industry, and service. Using the OLS (with Newey-West and robust standard errors), and GMM estimation techniques; an annual time series data covering the period 1962-2014; and a standard regression model for each sector, we find: (i) real exchange rate undervaluation to exert positive impact on economic performance by enhancing agricultural sector, and industrial sector performance; (ii) real exchange rate undervaluation to exert a negative impact on economic performance by reducing the performance of the service sector.

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