Competitive depreciation and the role of distorting taxes in an interdependent economy
This paper investigates the manners in which international cooperation in monetary policies affects the rate of inflation in a two-country sticky-price model. Within reasonable parameter values, international monetary coordination increases the steady-state inflation for given tax policies. When the tax regime is endogenously chosen, however, self-oriented monetary policies can engage in competitive depreciation and induce a higher average inflation than the first best inflation rate.
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