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The Dynamics of Uncertainty or the Uncertainty of Dynamics: Stochastic J-Curves

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  • Marquez, Jaime
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    That the U.S. trade account will improve in response to a depreciation is not generally in doubt; the key questions are by how much and by when. Addressing these questions involves studying the distribution of trade-account responses to a depreciation. Given a depreciation of the dollar, the paper generates this distribution by simulating a trade model with random drawings of both innovations and elasticity estimates. Unlike previous studies, this analysis explains trade on a bilateral basis and uses the Full Information Maximum Likelihood estimator for parameter estimation. According to the findings, the dispersion of trade-account responses grows over time and is directly related to the magnitude of the depreciation. Furthermore, the probability of a slow adjustment of the trade account is relatively high and the 95 percent confidence intervals are too wide to be useful for policies that target a given trade-account path. Copyright 1991 by MIT Press.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 73 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 125-33

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:73:y:1991:i:1:p:125-33

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    2. César Calderón & Alberto Chong & Norman Loayza, 1999. "Determinants of Current Account Deficits in Developing Countries," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 51, Central Bank of Chile.
    3. Webber, A., 1999. "Dynamic and Long Run Responses of Import Prices to the Exchange Rate in the Asia-Pacific," Economics Working Papers WP99-11, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
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