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International financial integration, credit frictions and exchange rate regimes

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This paper studies the stabilisation properties of different exchange rate policies in a small open economy with cross-border balance sheet interdependence. The model features price and wage rigidities, credit frictions à la Bernanke, Gertler and Gilchrist (1999) both between households and banks and between banks and entrepreneurs, as well as international financial linkages à la Ueda (2012). I find that, overall, the argument in favor of ?flexible exchange rates holds irrespectively of the degree of financial integration. In fact, for all shocks considered, a fixed exchange rate policy delivers larger output losses and higher volatility of real and financial variables. Furthermore, my results reveal that the cost of pegging the exchange rate is inversely related to the degree of financial integration. Finally, I find that the presence of financial linkages increases the trade-off between inflation and output volatility faced by the central bank of a small open economy.

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  • PIROVANO, Mara, 2013. "International financial integration, credit frictions and exchange rate regimes," Working Papers 2013015, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
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    Keywords

    Monetary policy rules; Credit frictions; Open economy; International transmission;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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