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Does Overvalued Turkish Lira Affect Turkey's Foreign Trade Competitiveness?

Erdoğan, Eren and Aras, Osman Nuri and Öztürk, Mustafa (2012): Does Overvalued Turkish Lira Affect Turkey's Foreign Trade Competitiveness? Published in: International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies , Vol. 2, No. 4 (2012): pp. 159-168.

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Abstract

Turkey's export growth has been increasing since 1980 and reached its peak in 2011 despite declines in different periods. The 2008 economic crisis that overvalued the exchange rates was a big obstacle to overcome for the Turkish exporters, and this diminishes their returns and thus lessened Turkey’s global strategic competitiveness. This study examines Turkey’s competition power against the BRIC countries seen as strong competitors to Turkey based on exchange rates and purchasing power parity. This study which is about purchasing power parity and exchange rates shows that real exchange rates affect trade volumes and Turkey’s RER has appreciated especially after 2010 and it lessened the competitiveness of Turkish companies.

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