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The exchange rate is the price of one currency in terms of another. A fall in the value of the pound is known as a depreciation and affects both the level of aggregate demand and the costs of production for firms in the UK economy. //One way in which a fall in the exchange rate can be beneficial for the UK economy is that it “should help UK exporters whose goods will be cheaper overseas”. An UK exports are priced in Sterling, and when Sterling can be purchased more cheaply, this makes our goods more affordable. An increased demand for UK exports is an injection into the UK economy and would serve to boost aggregate demand, enabling UK firms to make use of any spare capacity in order to increase output. This would also lead to a higher …show more content…
The beneficial effects on the economy may take as much as two years to be fully felt. I Further, the UK should be careful not to rely on a weak currency in order to support its competitiveness. An Exchange rates tend to fluctuate in value over time and the strongest economies are usually those with high productivity and low production costs, or those which produce highly innovative products. The long term performance of the UK economy could be adversely affected if a weakening of the currency was allowed to distract from these more fundamental determinants of economic performance. An Overall, however, in the current context, a weakening of Sterling is likely to be seen as beneficial for the UK economy, helping to support it through a difficult time and aiding a rebalancing of the economy towards the export sector. Despite this, it should be remembered that in other contexts, for example when controlling inflation is a more pressing problem, a fall in the exchange rate could be damaging.

The exchange rate is the price of one currency in terms of another. A fall in the value of the pound is known as a depreciation and affects both the level of aggregate demand and the costs of production for firms in the UK economy. //One way in which a fall in the exchange rate can be beneficial for the UK economy is that it “should
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