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How valuable is exchange rate flexibility? Optimal monetary policy under sectoral shocks

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  • Cedric Tille

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The paper explores the optimal monetary policy reaction to productivity shocks in an open economy. Whereas earlier studies assume that countries specialize in producing particular goods, I enrich the analysis by allowing for incomplete specialization. I confirm the finding of Obstfeld and Rogoff (2000)--who build on Friedman (1953)--that a flexible exchange rate is highly valuable in delivering the optimal response to country- specific shocks. Its value is, however, much smaller when shocks are sector-specific, because exchange rate fluctuations then lead to misallocations between different firms within a sector. The limitation on the value of flexibility is sizable even when specialization is high.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 147.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:147

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Keywords: Foreign exchange rates ; Production (Economic theory);

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