Pegs, Downward Wage Rigidity, and Unemployment: The Role of Financial Structure
25 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 2012
This paper studies the relationship between financial structure and the welfare consequences of fixed exchange rate regimes in small open emerging economies with downward nominal wage rigidity. The paper presents two surprising results. First, a pegging economy might be better off with a closed than with an open capital account. Second, the welfare gain from switching from a peg to the optimal (full-employment) monetary policy might be larger in financially open economies than in financially closed ones.
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