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An Endogenous Growth Model of a Financially Repressed Small Open Economy


  • Samrat Goswami
  • Rangan Gupta


The paper develops a monetary endogenous growth model of a financially repressed small open economy, characterized by curb markets, capital mobility, transaction costs in domestic and foreign capital markets, and a flexible exchange rate system, to analyze the impact of financial liberalization - interest rate deregulation and lower multiple reserve requirements - on growth and inflation. When the model is calibrated to match world figures, we find that interest rate deregulation enhances growth and reduces inflation in steady-state. For relatively smaller transaction costs in the curb market, the above result is, however, reversed. Under such circumstances, lowering the transaction costs in the foreign capital market tends to restore the growth-enhancing (inflation-reducing) capabilities of interest rate deregulation. Lower reserve requirements, though, always ensures lower (higher) steady-state inflation (growth).

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  • Samrat Goswami & Rangan Gupta, 2009. "An Endogenous Growth Model of a Financially Repressed Small Open Economy," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(1), pages 143-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intecj:v:23:y:2009:i:1:p:143-161
    DOI: 10.1080/10168730802696772

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    Financial repression; growth and inflation; unofficial financial markets; monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy


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