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On the Role of Financial Frictions and the Saving Rate During Trade Liberalizations

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  • Pol Antràs
  • Ricardo J. Caballero

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We study how financial frictions and the saving rate shape the long-run effects of trade liberalization on income, consumption, and the distribution of wealth in financially underdeveloped economies. In our model, regardless of whether the capital account is open or not, trade liberalization reduces the share of wealth in the hands of entrepreneurs and may well reduce steady-state consumption and income. Furthermore, trade opening is more likely to reduce steady-state consumption and output, the higher is the level of financial development. For economies with an open capital account, a higher saving rate also increases the likelihood that a trade liberalization leads to a reduction in steady-state consumption and output. (JEL: E2, F1, F2, F3, F4) (c) 2010 by the European Economic Association.

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  • Pol Antràs & Ricardo J. Caballero, 2010. "On the Role of Financial Frictions and the Saving Rate During Trade Liberalizations," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 8(2-3), pages 442-455, 04-05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:8:y:2010:i:2-3:p:442-455
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    1. Chesnokova, Tatyana, 2007. "Immiserizing deindustrialization: A dynamic trade model with credit constraints," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 73(2), pages 407-420, November.
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    2. Tarishi Matsuoka & Katsuyuki Naito & Keigo Nishida, 2011. "The Politics of Financial Development and Capital Accumulation," KIER Working Papers 793, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
    3. Terra Cristina & Vasconcelos Enrico, 2010. "Credit Market Quality, Innovation and Trade," THEMA Working Papers 2010-08, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
    4. Anne Epaulard & Aude Pommeret, 2016. "Financial Integration, Growth and Volatility," Pacific Economic Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(3), pages 330-357, August.
    5. Real Arai & Takuma Kunieda & Keigo Nishida, 2014. "Is Public Debt Growth-Enhancing or Growth-Reducing?," KIER Working Papers 884, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
    6. Mario Larch & Wolfgang Lechthaler, 2013. "Whom to send to Doha? The Short-sighted Ones!," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 16(4), pages 634-649, October.
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    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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