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Firm Productivity, Exchange Rate Movements, Sources Of Finance And Export Orientation

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The authors investigate the level and volatility effects of exchange rates on the productivity growth of manufacturing firms with heterogenous access to debt, and domestic and foreign equity markets in Turkey. They find that while exchange rate volatility affects productivity growth negatively, having access to foreign or domestic equity, or debt markets does not alleviate these effects. Furthermore, foreign owned or publicly traded companies do not appear to perform significantly better than the rest. They detect, however, that firm productivity is positively related to having access to external credit.

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