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Current Account Dynamics in a Small Open-Economy Model of Status Seeking


  • Walter H. Fisher


In this paper we analyze the implications of status preference, modeled as relative wealth, for the current account in a small open-economy framework with capital stock dynamics. We demonstrate that the transitional dynamics of the economy are characterized by two distinct speeds of adjustment: a speed of adjustment arising from status preference and a speed of adjustment arising from installation costs of investment. This structure implies that the current account balance depends on both speeds of adjustment as well as on the long-run equilibrium, which is a function of the degree of status consciousness. As a consequence, the current account can exhibit nonmonotonic behavior in transition to the steady-state equilibrium subsequent to a productivity disturbance. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005..

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  • Walter H. Fisher, 2005. "Current Account Dynamics in a Small Open-Economy Model of Status Seeking," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(2), pages 262-282, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:13:y:2005:i:2:p:262-282

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    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics


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