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Demand shocks and open economy puzzles

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  • Jose-Victor Rios-Rull

    (University of Minnesota)

  • Yan Bai

    (University of Rochester)

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The paper explores to what extent demand shocks can solve the open economy puz- zles. To this purpose, we pose a shopping model structure a la Bai, R Ì Ä±os-Rull, and Storesletten (2011) on top of an otherwise standard two-country international real busi- ness cycle model. Shopping for goods take effort, which prevents perfect matching between potential customers and producers. Larger demand in a country increases its consumption for both home and foreign goods. Real exchange rate and terms of trade depreciate in response to the larger demand. Larger demand also induces more shop- ping and so higher output and TFP. Thus, demand shock under our shopping model generates countercyclical terms of trade and solves the Backus-Smith puzzle.

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  • Jose-Victor Rios-Rull & Yan Bai, 2013. "Demand shocks and open economy puzzles," 2013 Meeting Papers 523, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Li, Wei & Luo, Yulei & Nie, Jun, 2017. "Elastic attention, risk sharing, and international comovements," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 1-20.
    2. Crespo, Aranzazu; Muñoz-Sepulveda, Jesus A., 2015. "The Role of Physical and Financial Constraints in Export Dynamics," Economics Working Papers MWP2015/17, European University Institute.
    3. repec:eee:ecolet:v:160:y:2017:i:c:p:29-32 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles

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