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International Business Cycles and Exchange Rates

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International real business cycle models are not able to account for the high volatility of imports, exports, the trade balance and the terms of trade. By introducing exogenous exchange rate movements in addition to standard technological shocks, the model presented here comes much closer to replicating the relatively high volatility observed in the data while also improving other moments. Les modèles internationaux du cycle réel ne sont pas capable de répliquer la forte volatilité des exportations, des importations, de la balance commerciale et des termes de l'échange. En introduisant des mouvements exogènes des taux de change, en plus des chocs technologiques usuels, le modè présenté ici parvient bien mieux à répliquer la relativement forte volatilité observée dans les données tout en améliorant d'autres statistiques.

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  • Christian Zimmermann, 1994. "International Business Cycles and Exchange Rates," Cahiers de recherche CREFE / CREFE Working Papers 33, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal, revised Jul 1997.
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    open economy macroeconomics; real business cycle models; exchange rates; international trade;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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