Trade Openness and Investment Instability

28 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2002

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Tarek Coury

University of Oxford

Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Efraim Sadka

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

In the presence of lumpy adjustment costs of investment, globalization may have non-conventional effects on the level of investment and its cyclical behaviour. Free trade may lead to a discrete 'jump' in the level of investment, as it triggers discrete terms-of-trade changes which either appreciate or depreciate the setup cost of investment. As a result, the economy may alternate between 'optimistic' and 'pessimistic' expectations and self-validating boom and bust investment cycles. There could be substantial gains from globalization in the investment-boom equilibrium and meager, or negative, gains in the investment-bust equilibrium.

Keywords: Lumpy adjustment cost, multiple equilibrium, boom-bust investment cycles

JEL Classification: F10, H10

Suggested Citation

Coury, Tarek and Razin, Assaf and Sadka, Efraim, Trade Openness and Investment Instability (March 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3259. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307100

Tarek Coury

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