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On financial markets inclompleteness, price stickyness and welfare in a monetary union ?

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  • Stéphane Auray

    (GREMARS - University of Lille 3)

  • Aurélien Eyquem

    (CREM – CNRS - University of Rennes 1)

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In this paper, we measure the welfare costs/gains associated with financial market incompleteness in a monetary union. To do this, we build on a two-country model of a monetary union with sticky prices subject to asymmetric productivity shocks. For most plausible values of price stickiness, we show that asymmetric shocks under incomplete financial markets give rise to a lower volatility of national infation rates, which proves welfare improving with respect to the situation of complete financial markets. The corresponding welfare gains are equivalent to an average increase of 1.8% of permanent consumption.

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Paper provided by Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS in its series Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) with number 200802.

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Keywords: monetary union; asymmetric shocks; price stickiness; financial market incompleteness; welfare;

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