Optimal Exchange Rate Policy in a Growing Semi-Open Economy

53 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2013

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Philippe Bacchetta

University of Lausanne; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Swiss Finance Institute

Kenza Benhima

University of Lausanne

Yannick Kalantzis

Banque de France

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Date Written: October 2013


In this paper, we consider an alternative perspective to China's exchange rate policy. We study a semi-open economy where the private sector has no access to international capital markets but the central bank has full access. Moreover, we assume limited financial development generating a large demand for saving instruments by the private sector. We analyze the optimal exchange rate policy by modeling the central bank as a Ramsey planner. Our main result is that in a growth acceleration episode it is optimal to have an initial real depreciation of the currency combined with an accumulation of reserves, which is consistent with the Chinese experience. This depreciation is followed by an appreciation in the long run. We also show that the optimal exchange rate path is close to the one that would result in an economy with full capital mobility and no central bank intervention.

Keywords: China, exchange rate policy and international

JEL Classification: E58, F31, F41

Suggested Citation

Bacchetta, Philippe and Benhima, Kenza and Kalantzis, Yannick, Optimal Exchange Rate Policy in a Growing Semi-Open Economy (October 2013). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 14-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337412

Philippe Bacchetta (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne ( email )

Faculty of Business and Economics
Internef 523
1015 Lausanne

HOME PAGE: http://www.hec.unil.ch/pbacchetta/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

United Kingdom

Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Kenza Benhima

University of Lausanne ( email )

Quartier Chambronne
Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015

Yannick Kalantzis

Banque de France ( email )


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