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Status Preference, Wealth, and Dynamics in the Open Economy

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  • Fisher, Walter H.

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

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The implications of status preference in a simple open economy model will be investigated in this paper. The open economy is modeled as a continuum of identical representative agents who have preferences over consumption and status. In the paper status is identified as relative wealth, which takes the form of relative holdings international financial assets. A symmetric macroeconomic equilibrium is derived in which status is the source of transitional dynamics for consumption and the current account balance. This result illustrates another way to generate transitional dynamics in the small open economy model, which, as is well-known, does not have well-defined dynamics under perfect capital mobility. The role of status plays in influencing the open economy's adjustment to various macroeconomic shocks is also considered.

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  • Fisher, Walter H., 2001. "Status Preference, Wealth, and Dynamics in the Open Economy," Economics Series 99, Institute for Advanced Studies.
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    1. Fisher, Walter H. & Heijdra, Ben J., 2009. "Keeping up with the ageing Joneses," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 53-64, January.
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    4. Walter Fisher & F. Hof, 2008. "The quest for status and endogenous labor supply: the relative wealth framework," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 93(2), pages 109-144, March.
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    9. Duernecker, Georg, 2007. "Growth Effects of Consumption Jealousy in a Two-Sector Model," Economics Series 201, Institute for Advanced Studies.
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    Keywords

    Status-preference; Open economy dynamcis;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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