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Capital Account Policies and the Real Exchange Rate

  • Olivier Jeanne

This paper presents a simple model of how a small open economy can undervalue its real exchange rate using its capital account policies. The paper presents several properties of such policies, and proposes a rule of thumb to assess their welfare cost. The model is applied to an analysis of Chinese capital account policies.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18404.

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Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Publication status: published as Olivier Jeanne, 2013. "Capital Account Policies and the Real Exchange Rate," NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 9(1), pages 7 - 42.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18404
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