THE ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF
DEPRECIATION ON EXTERNAL DEBT IN
LONG-RUN: EVIDENCE FROM CROATIA

Irena Palić, Frane Banić and Laura Matić

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business
Zagreb, Croatia

INDECS 16(1), 186-193, 2018
DOI 10.7906/indecs.16.1.15
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Received: 12th December 2018.
Accepted: 16th March 2018.
Regular article

ABSTRACT

The impact of exchange rate changes in small open economies has been a widely researched topic for decades. According to economic theory and relevant research, depreciation can have a positive impact on the economy through an increase in exports, and a negative effect through decrease in an individual consumption. The aim of this artcle is to assess the impact of exchange rate depreciation on external debt in Croatia in the long-run. The long-run impact of depreciation on external debt in Croatia is assessed using Johansen cointegration approach. The results point to the existence of one cointegration relation. The long-run impact of exchange rate depreciation on external debt in Croatia is statistically significant and positive, what is in line with previous research and economic theory. The conducted analysis outlines the possible negative impact of depreciation on Croatian economy through the increase of external indebtedness, what could consequently decrease the wealth of all sectors indebted in foreign currency. Since Croatia is a highly euroised small open economy with high external indebtedness in foreign currency, this research provides captivating results for monetary and fiscal policy-making in Croatia. Therefore, as a result of the conducted empirical analysis, the exchange rate depreciation in Croatia is not recommended as the instrument of increasing export competitiveness due to current high external indebtedness in foreign currency.

KEY WORDS

exchange rate depreciation, external debt, cointegration analysis, error correction model, long-run equation

CLASSIFICATION

JEL:C32, C51, E63, H63


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