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An Open-Economy Model With Money, Endogenous Search, And Heterogeneous Firms

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This paper is the first to describe a monetary general equilibrium model that features; (i) search frictions in the goods market, which create market power; (ii) endogenously chosen search effort by consumers, which mitigates this market power; (iii) heterogeneous firms and free entry; and (iv) an open economy, i.e. an arbitrary number of countries that trade goods and, potentially, assets. The model is flexible and well suited to studying questions in international macroeconomics, including the effects of monetary policy on production, firm entry, markups, trade, and welfare, at home or abroad. As part of this effort, I characterize a general class of matching processes which provide a novel approach to modeling firm sales: the number of customers per firm follows a bounded Pareto distribution with shape parameter less than or equal to one.
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  • Lucas Herrenbrueck, 2017. "An Open-Economy Model With Money, Endogenous Search, And Heterogeneous Firms," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 55(4), pages 1648-1670, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:55:y:2017:i:4:p:1648-1670
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    1. Baggs, Jen & Fung, Loretta & Lapham, Beverly, 2018. "Exchange rates, cross-border travel, and retailers: Theory and empirics," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 115(C), pages 59-79.
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    3. Lucas Herrenbrueck, 2018. "Instability of endogenous price dispersion equilibria: A simulation," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 51(4), pages 1363-1385, November.
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    5. Athanasios Geromichalos & Lucas Herrenbrueck, 2017. "The Liquidity-Augmented Model of Macroeconomic Aggregates," Discussion Papers dp17-16, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University.

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    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation

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