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Fiscal Devaluations

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  • Oleg Itskhoki

    (Princeton University)

  • Gita Gopinath

    (Harvard)

  • Emmanuel Farhi

    (Harvard University)

Abstract

The crisis in the Euro area has partly been blamed on the inability of individual countries to devalue their currencies. In this paper we evaluate the extent to which fiscal instruments can be used to replicate the behavior of an exchange rate devaluation in a New Keynesian Open Economy environment. We perform the analysis under alternate assumptions of producer and local currency pricing. We show that a combination of uniform import tariffs, export subsidies, consumption and labor taxes can generate allocations identical to those that follow an exchange rate devaluation. The specifics of which taxes are needed depend on the completeness of asset markets.

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  • Oleg Itskhoki & Gita Gopinath & Emmanuel Farhi, 2011. "Fiscal Devaluations," 2011 Meeting Papers 406, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed011:406
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
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