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Must Original Sin Cause Macroeconomic Damnation?


  • Luis Felipe Céspedes;
  • Roberto Chang
  • Andrés Velasco


Original sin, coupled with other financial imperfections, causes macroeconomic penance of two kinds: adverse shocks have larger and more persistent effects and monetary policy becomes less effective as a shock absorber. But macroeconomic damnation is not inevitable: in some cases, suitable changes in money and exchange rates can still partially stabilize output, investment and consumption.

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  • Luis Felipe Céspedes; & Roberto Chang & Andrés Velasco, 2003. "Must Original Sin Cause Macroeconomic Damnation?," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 234, Central Bank of Chile.
  • Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:234

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    1. Towbin, Pascal & Weber, Sebastian, 2013. "Limits of floating exchange rates: The role of foreign currency debt and import structure," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 179-194.

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