Fiscal Policies and the Choice of Exchange Rate Regime
A common argument against either a monetary union or a regime or a fixed exchange rates is that they preclude flexible use of the inflation tax. The authors address this point of view by comparing three alternative exchange rate regimes: a pure float, an EMS-regime in which the exchange rate is fixed but can be realigned, and a monetary union. The authors model the three regimes as alternative commitments on future seigniorage policies. This approac h suggests that it is not possible to Pareto-rank the three regimes. O n the other hand, the authors provide intuitive conditions under which each of the systems is superior to the others. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 103 (1993)
Issue (Month): 417 (March)
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