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Exchange rate shocks and the current account under monopolistic competition: An intertemporal optimization model

  • Hwan-Chyang Lin
  • Hui-Kuan Tseng

This paper examines the current-account effect of a devaluation in a Chamberlinian model where both saving and investment are based on intertemporal optimization. It shows that devaluation tends to deteriorate the current account along the time horizon, leading to a reduction of the stock of foreign assets permanently. In contrast to recent work, these real effects do not rely on short-run disequilibrium in the goods or labor market. Besides, a temporary devaluation may generate hysteresis effects on both micro- and macro-economic aspects of a small economy. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

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Volume (Year): 4 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 133-150

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