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Foreign Technology Acquisition and Changes in the Real Exchange Rate

This paper uses plant-level data from the manufacturing sector of Chile to investigate how changes in the real exchange rate affect the decision to purchase foreign technologies through licensing. Theoretically, a real depreciation has an ambiguous effect on foreign technology adoption. On the one hand, a real depreciation makes exports more competitive, and as exporters tend to adopt and use more advanced technologies, we should observe a higher propensity to import technologies among them. On the other hand, a real depreciation can also make imports of technology relatively more expensive. Thus, this question must be examined empirically. The empirical analysis shows that a real depreciation significantly increases the probability of using foreign technology licences for plants that export and for plants in the intermediate range of the size and productivity distribution.

World Economy, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 613 - 628, Abril, 2015
Autor(es): Álvarez Roberto, López Ricardo