Knife-Edge Conditions And The Macrodynamics Of Small Open Economies
AbstractMacrodynamic models of small open economies are inevitably characterized by knife-edge conditions, meaning that certain parameters are constrained for a viable equilibrium to exist. This paper examines the macrodynamic structure of such an economy and considers the role played by various standard knife-edge conditions. The dynamic model presented is sufficiently general so as to provide a unifying framework within which alternative models can be embedded. We identify three important models as special cases of this generic structure: (i) The traditional stationary Ramsey model, (ii) the endogenous growth model, and (iii) the nonscale growth model. We consider three margins along which knife-edge conditions are imposed. These include (i) preference parameters, (ii) production and employment characteristics, and (iii) openness of international financial markets. These restrictions are shown to play key roles in determining the equilibrium dynamics, and how the economy responds to various shocks. The existence of trade-offs between these knife-edge conditions is discussed.
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