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Status Preference, Wealth, and Dynamics in the Open Economy

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  • Fisher, Walter H.

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

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The implications of status preference in a simple open economy model will be investigated in this paper. The open economy is modeled as a continuum of identical representative agents who have preferences over consumption and status. In the paper status is identified as relative wealth, which takes the form of relative holdings international financial assets. A symmetric macroeconomic equilibrium is derived in which status is the source of transitional dynamics for consumption and the current account balance. This result illustrates another way to generate transitional dynamics in the small open economy model, which, as is well-known, does not have well-defined dynamics under perfect capital mobility. The role of status plays in influencing the open economy's adjustment to various macroeconomic shocks is also considered.

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  1. Fisher, Walter H. & Hof, Franz X., 2005. "Status seeking in the small open economy," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 209-232, June.
  2. Ryu-ichiro Murota & Yoshiyasu Ono, 2008. "Growth, Stagnation and Status Preference," ISER Discussion Paper 0715, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. Walter H. Fisher, 2004. "Durable Consumption As A Status Good: A Study Of Neoclassical Cases," Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 96, Society for Computational Economics.
  4. Cecilia García-Peñalosa & Stephen Turnovsky, 2008. "Consumption externalities: a representative consumer model when agents are heterogeneous," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 439-467, December.
  5. Fisher, Walter H. & Heijdra, Ben J., 2009. "Keeping up with the ageing Joneses," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 53-64, January.
  6. Liutang Gong & Heng-fu Zou, 1998. "Fiscal Policies in a Finite Horizon Model with the Spirit of Capitalism," CEMA Working Papers 102, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  7. Duernecker, Georg, 2007. "Growth Effects of Consumption Jealousy in a Two-Sector Model," Economics Series 201, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  8. Fisher, Walter H. & Hof, Franz X., 2005. "The Quest for Status and Endogenous Labor Supply. The Relative Wealth Framework," Economics Series 181, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  9. Liu, Wen-Fang & Turnovsky, Stephen J., 2005. "Consumption externalities, production externalities, and long-run macroeconomic efficiency," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(5-6), pages 1097-1129, June.
  10. Walter H. Fisher, 2008. "Imports, Status Preference, and Foreign Borrowing," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 12(1), pages 1-20, 02.
  11. Walter H. Fisher, 2005. "Current Account Dynamics in a Small Open-Economy Model of Status Seeking," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(2), pages 262-282, 05.

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