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Macroeconomic volatility after trade and capital account liberalization

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  • Pancaro, Cosimo

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What are the equilibrium effects of trade and capital liberalization on consumption smoothing? This question is addressed by studying the response to productivity shocks in a baseline two country, two goods, incomplete market model, where foreign borrowing is secured by collateral. The paper shows that international financial integration, modeled by relaxing a borrowing constraint a la Kiyotaki in the domestic country, worsens consumption smoothing; international trade integration, modeled by a reduction of non linear iceberg transportation costs, improves it. As a measure of consumption smoothing, the analysis uses the ratio between the simulated standard deviation of consumption growth and the simulated standard deviation of output growth. These results are qualitatively consistent with the empirical evidence provided by Kose, Prasad and Terrones (2003).

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  • Pancaro, Cosimo, 2010. "Macroeconomic volatility after trade and capital account liberalization," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5441, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5441
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    1. Lathaporn Ratanavararak, 2018. "The Impact of Imperfect Financial Integration and Trade on Macroeconomic Volatility and Welfare in Emerging Markets," PIER Discussion Papers 79, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Jan 2018.

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    Emerging Markets; Economic Theory&Research; Free Trade; Debt Markets; Trade Policy;

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