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Productive Government Purchases And The Real Exchange Rate

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  • PARANTAP BASU
  • ROBERT KOLLMANN

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Empirical research documents that an exogenous rise in government purchases in a given country triggers a depreciation of its real exchange rate. This raises an important puzzle, as standard macro theories predict an appreciation of the real exchange rate. We argue that this prediction reflects the assumption that government purchases are unproductive. Using a simple model, we show that the real exchange rate may depreciate in response to a rise in government purchases, if those purchases increase domestic private sector productivity. A very small dose of public sector externality is sufficient to generate this result.

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Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal The Manchester School.

Volume (Year): 81 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (07)
Pages: 461-469

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:81:y:2013:i:4:p:461-469

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Cited by:
  1. Iwata, Yasuharu, 2013. "Two fiscal policy puzzles revisited: New evidence and an explanation," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 188-207.
  2. Hyuk Rhee & Nurlan Turdaliev, 2012. "Targeting Rules for an Open Economy," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 447-471, July.
  3. Agustín S. Bénétrix, 2009. "Fiscal Shocks and The Real Exchange Rate," 2009 Meeting Papers 1137, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Laura Povoledo, 2013. "Modelling the sectoral allocation of labour in open economy models," Working Papers 20131312, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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