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Determinants of Exchange Rate in Tanzania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I develop a theoretical model to capture Tanzania’s unique structure of imports and exports. The model implies that the value of real exchange rate, measured as the relative price of foreign goods, should be positively related to tax, negatively related to government consumption, positively related to the expenditure on imports of oil, negatively related to the earnings from gold exports, negatively related to foreign income and positively related to natural or long run output. The empirical analysis of the model was conducted based on data from Tanzania and major trading partners focusing on flexible exchange rate regime period from 1987 to 2012. Graphical analysis reveals that a large component of real exchange rate fluctuations are nominal exchange rate fluctuations. Although unit root and cointegration tests show theoretical implications do not hold empirically in the long run, short run co–movements of taxes and real exchange rate were in line with the predictions of the theoretical model. The theoretical discussion backed by both graphical analysis and granger–causality test results identifies taxation as significant determinant of changes in real exchange rate in Tanzania; at least in the short run. Therefore, a fiscal policy based on tax smoothing and stabilization of nominal exchange rate fluctuations can stabilize real exchange rate fluctuations.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254523DiVA: diva2:818597
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-09Bibliographically approved

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