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Ramsey policies in a small open economy with sticky prices and capital

  • Auray, Stéphane
  • de Blas, Beatriz
  • Eyquem, Aurélien

This paper analyzes jointly optimal fiscal and monetary policies in a small open economy with capital and sticky prices. We allow for trade in consumption goods under perfect international risk-sharing. We consider balanced-budget fiscal policies where authorities use distortionary taxes on labor and capital together with monetary policy using the nominal interest rate. First, as long as a symmetric equilibrium is considered, the steady state in an open economy is isomorphic to that of a closed economy. Second, sticky prices' allocations are almost indistinguishable from flexible prices allocations both in open and closed economies. Third, the open economy dimension delivers results that are qualitatively similar to those of a closed economy but with significant quantitative changes. Tax rates are both more volatile and more persistent to undo the distortions implied by terms of trade fluctuations.

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Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1531-1546

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:35:y:2011:i:9:p:1531-1546
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