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Habit Formation In An Interdependent World Economy

  • Ikeda, Shinsuke
  • Gombi, Ichiro

In a two-country world economy, consumption-habit dynamics in one country are affected, due to endogenous interest rate adjustments, by the other country's habits and preferences. External indebtedness depends crucially on international differences in habit-adjusted net output less habitual living standard. Interest rate adjustments enlarge the consumption impact of an income shock. Consistently with the empirical facts, the habit parameter of a large country, therefore, would be underestimated, and the current account volatility overestimated, if estimated using a small-country model. An increase in fiscal spending in one country can benefit the country and harm the neighbor due to intertemporal terms-of-trade effects.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
Issue (Month): 04 (September)
Pages: 477-492

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