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Price Rigidity and the Selection of the Exchange Rate Regime

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  • Fabrice Collard

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  • Harris Dellas

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We evaluate and qualify Friedman's, 1953, “case for flexible exchange rates” in the presence of sticky prices in a two country model. We find that a flexible regime performs indeed better when the degree of nominal price rigidity is high while a bilateral peg does better when prices are fairly flexible. This result obtains independent of whether monetary policy is activistic or not and is mostly due to the negative relationship between employment and productivity shocks when prices are relatively sluggish (Gali, 1999). A unilateral peg tends to produce the lowest level of world welfare but it sometimes represents the best monetary arrangement for the pegger. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Fabrice Collard & Harris Dellas, 2006. "Price Rigidity and the Selection of the Exchange Rate Regime," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 17(1), pages 5-26, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:17:y:2006:i:1:p:5-26
    DOI: 10.1007/s11079-006-5212-3
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    5. Jorge Carrera & Diego Bastourre, 2004. "Could the Exchange Rate Regime Reduce Macroeconomic Volatility?," Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings 309, Econometric Society.
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    7. Harris Dellas, 2003. "Monetary Policy in Open Economies under Imperfect Information," Working Papers 072003, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
    8. Apostolis Philippopoulos & Petros Varthalitis & Vanghelis Vassilatos, 2013. "Optimal Fiscal Action in an Economy with Sovereign Premia and without Monetary Independence: An Application to Italy," CESifo Working Paper Series 4199, CESifo Group Munich.
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