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Global Diversification, Growth and Welfare with Imperfectly Integrated Markets for Goods


  • Bernard Dumas
  • Raman Uppal


In this article, we examine the effect of the imperfect mobility of goods on international risk sharing and, through that, on the investment in risky projects, welfare and growth. We find that the welfare gain of financial market openness is not monotonic with respect to investors' risk aversion and the aggregate volatility of output growth. Our main result is that the welfare gain from integration is not drastically reduced by the presence of goods market imperfections, modeled as a cost of transferring goods from one country to the other. Hence, financial market integration may be a worthwhile goal to pursue even at a time when full goods mobility has not been achieved.

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  • Bernard Dumas & Raman Uppal, 1999. "Global Diversification, Growth and Welfare with Imperfectly Integrated Markets for Goods," NBER Working Papers 6994, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6994
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    1. Georg H. Strasser, 2010. "The Efficiency of the Global Markets for Final Goods and Productive Capabilities," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 766, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 31 Jan 2012.
    2. Matsen, Egil, 2003. "Habit persistence and welfare gains from international asset trade," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 239-260, April.
    3. Timothy K. Chue, 2004. "The Spirit of Capitalism and International Risk Sharing," Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings 589, Econometric Society.
    4. Maurice Obstfeld & Kenneth Rogoff, 2001. "The Six Major Puzzles in International Macroeconomics: Is There a Common Cause?," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2000, Volume 15, pages 339-412 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Egil Matsen, 2005. "International diversification, growth, and welfare with non-traded income risk and incomplete markets," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(15), pages 1063-1072.
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    8. Chambet, Anthony & Gibson, Rajna, 2008. "Financial integration, economic instability and trade structure in emerging markets," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 654-675, June.
    9. Khang Min Lee, 2002. "Optimal Financial Markets Liberalization," Departmental Working Papers wp0202, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics.
    10. Bhamra, Harjoat S. & Uppal, Raman, 2006. "The role of risk aversion and intertemporal substitution in dynamic consumption-portfolio choice with recursive utility," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 967-991, June.
    11. Basak, Suleyman & Croitoru, Benjamin, 2003. "International Good Market Segmentation and Financial Market Structure," CEPR Discussion Papers 4060, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    12. Buss, Adrian & Uppal, Raman & Vilkov, Grigory, 2014. "Asset prices in general equilibrium with recursive utility and illiquidity induced by transactions costs," SAFE Working Paper Series 41, Research Center SAFE - Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe, Goethe University Frankfurt.
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    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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