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Beggar-thyself or beggar-thy-neighbour? The welfare effects of monetary policy

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  • Engler, Philipp
  • Tervala, Juha

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This paper examines whether monetary expansion is a beggar-thyself or beggar-thy-neighbour policy. Obstfeld and Rogoff (1995) show that monetary expansion under producer currency pricing increases domestic and foreign overall welfare, in cases where the cross-country substitutability is high. If the cross-country substitutability is low, then monetary expansion is a beggar-thyself policy that reduces domestic welfare and increases foreign welfare (Corsetti & Pesenti 2001; Tille 2001). In this paper, we will show that regardless of whether the cross-country substitutability is high or low, monetary expansion is always a beggar-thyself policy in the short run.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 2034-2040

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:28:y:2011:i:4:p:2034-2040

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Keywords: Open economy macroeconomics Monetary policy Beggar-thyself Beggar-thy-neighbour;

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  1. Juha Tervala, 2011. "International Welfare Effects of Monetary Policy," Discussion Papers 66, Aboa Centre for Economics.
  2. Engler, Philipp, 2011. "Monetary policy and unemployment in open economies," Discussion Papers 2011/24, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.

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