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Capital Account Policies and the Real Exchange Rate

  • Olivier Jeanne

This paper presents a simple model of how a small open economy can undervalue its real exchange rate using its capital account policies. The paper presents several properties of such policies, and proposes a rule of thumb to assess their welfare cost. The model is applied to an analysis of Chinese capital account policies.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 9 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 7 - 42

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