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Keeping up with the Joneses and exchange rate volatility in a Redux model

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  • Chang, Ming-Jen
  • Chang, Juin-Jen
  • Shieh, Jhy-Yuan

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By incorporating a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses preference into the Redux model, this paper sketches the implications of consumption externalities for the short-run and long-run equilibria. We show that the size of the consumption externality plays a crucial role in terms of affecting the long-run and short-run effects of important economic variables. Keeping-up-with-the-Joneses in relation to domestic benchmark consumption has the effect of magnifying the impact of monetary shocks on the exchange rate. Besides, simple numerical analyses show that the exchange rate volatility is raised (reduced) by an increasing rate as the size of the externality in regard to domestic (foreign) consumption increases.

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  • Chang, Ming-Jen & Chang, Juin-Jen & Shieh, Jhy-Yuan, 2014. "Keeping up with the Joneses and exchange rate volatility in a Redux model," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 569-584.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:569-584
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2013.08.004
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    1. Chen, Shikuan & Chang, Ming-Jen, 2015. "Capital control and exchange rate volatility," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 167-177.

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    Keywords

    Consumption externality; Exchange rate volatility; Keeping up with the Joneses;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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