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On the trade balance response to monetary shocks: the Marshall-Lerner conditions reconsidered

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  • Giovanni Lombardo

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This paper shows that, by disentangling the degree of monopolistic distortion from the elasticity of substitution between domestic and im-ported goods, we can obtain a negative response of the trade balance to positive monetary shocks, without introducing capital accumula-tion. This result could reconcile the class of models à la Obstfeld and Rogoff (1996, ch. 10) with the stylized fact of counter-cyclical trade balances.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of York in its series Discussion Papers with number 98/5.

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Keywords: trade balance; Marshall-Lerner conditions; elasticity of substitution; monetary shocks; transfer problem;

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  1. Devereux, M. B., 2000. "How does a devaluation affect the current account?," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(6), pages 833-851, December.

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