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Exchange Rate, Inflation and Industrial Policy

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  • Polterovich, V.

    (Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia
    Moscow School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)

  • Popov, V.

    (Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

The dynamics of the exchange rate of the Russian ruble is considered in the context of the discussions on the optimal exchange rate regimes. It is shown that the dominant focus on the stability of the nominal exchange rate was erroneous. Since the prices in Russia grew faster than in the countries - its trading partners, this policy led to an overvaluation of the real exchange rate and caused the shock devaluations in 1998, 2008 and 2014-2015. It is argued that the best regime for Russia is the "dirty float" aimed at maintaining relatively low and stable real exchange rate. This implies the periodic devaluation of the nominal rate. This implies the periodic devaluation of the nominal exchange rate. The suggested policy entails accumulation of foreign exchange reserves that stimulates export oriented growth. These reserves can also become a source of investment in case of appropriate industrial policy.

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  • Polterovich, V. & Popov, V., 2016. "Exchange Rate, Inflation and Industrial Policy," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 29(1), pages 192-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:nea:journl:y:2016:i:29:p:192-198
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    Keywords

    exchange rate; fear of floating; industrial policy; economic growth;
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    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy

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