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Fixed on Flexible: Rethinking Exchange Rate Regimes after the Great Recession

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  • Corsetti, Giancarlo
  • Kuester, Keith
  • M�ller, Gernot

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The zero lower bound problem during the Great Recession has exposed the limits of monetary autonomy, prompting a reevaluation of the relative benefits of currency pegs and monetary unions (see e.g. Cook and Devereux, 2016). We revisit this issue from the perspective of a small open economy. While a peg can be beneficial when the recession originates domestically, we show that a float dominates in the face of deflationary demand shocks abroad. When the rest of the world is in a liquidity trap, the domestic currency depreciates in nominal and real terms even in the absence of domestic monetary stimulus (if domestic rates are also at the zero lower bound) -- enhancing the country's competitiveness and insulating to some extent the domestic economy from foreign deflationary pressure.

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  • Corsetti, Giancarlo & Kuester, Keith & M�ller, Gernot, 2017. "Fixed on Flexible: Rethinking Exchange Rate Regimes after the Great Recession," CEPR Discussion Papers 12197, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Benign coincidence; Currency union; Exchange rate; Exchange rate peg; external shock; Fiscal Multiplier; great recession; zero lower bound;

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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • 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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