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Trade and Welfare Under Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes

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  • Singh, Rajesh

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This paper compares the welfare under two standard alternative exchange rate regimes, fixed and flexible, in a stochastic dynamic general equilibrium two-country setting. Conventional wisdom holds that countries often prefer low exchange-rate variability to stabilize trade. This may explain the observed `fear of floating' in emerging markets -- although most of them claim to adopt a flexible system, in reality they often intervene to peg. We show that under incomplete capital markets a fixed exchange rate regime unambiguously increases trade and improves welfare. This provides a potential explanation for the observed exchange rate policies in emerging markets.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11463.

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Date of creation: 26 Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11463

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