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Protectionism in a liquidity trap

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This paper studies the effects of protectionism as a business cycle instrument. In normal times, protectionism reduces international trade, distorts production and reduces output. However, in a liquidity trap protectionism lowers the real interest rate because inflation goes up while the nominal interest rate is stuck at the zero lower bound. This stimulates consumption and output.

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  • Lechthaler, Wolfgang, 2016. "Protectionism in a liquidity trap," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 165-167.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:145:y:2016:i:c:p:165-167
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.06.023
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    Keywords

    Business cycle policy; Protectionism; Liquidity trap;

    JEL classification:

    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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