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Nominal Stability and Financial Globalization

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  • Michael B. Devereux
  • Ozge Senay
  • Alan Sutherland

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Over the one and a half decades prior to the global financial crisis, advanced economies experienced a large growth in gross external portfolio positions. This phenomenon has been described as Financial Globalization. Over roughly the same time frame, most of these countries also saw a substantial fall in the level and variability of inflation. Many economists have conjectured that financial globalization contributed to the improved performance in the level and predictability of inflation. In this paper, we explore the causal link running in the opposite direction. We show that a monetary policy rule which reduces inflation variability leads to an increase in the size of gross external positions, both in equity and bond portfolios. This is a highly robust prediction of open economy macro models with endogenous portfolio choice. It holds across many different modeling specifications and parameterizations. We also present preliminary empirical evidence which shows a negative relationship between inflation volatility and the size of gross external positions.

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  1. Michael B Devereux, 2013. "Inflation and financial globalisation," BIS Papers chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Globalisation and inflation dynamics in Asia and the Pacific, volume 70, pages 119-128 Bank for International Settlements.
  2. Michael B. Devereux & James Yetman, 2014. "Globalisation, Pass-through and the Optimal Policy Response to Exchange Rates," NBER Working Papers 20252, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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