Stabilization Policy in an Open Economy
Posted: 31 Jul 2002
The scope for an active demand management policy is considered for a small open economy. Business cycle fluctuations generated either by supply or demand shocks are shown to imply welfare losses when agents are risk averse and the capital market imcomplete. Public demand for non-tradeables has real effects and there is a welfare case for pursuing a demand management policy which stabilizes consumption. It is argued that this type of stabilization can be attained via automatic stabilizers based on nominal budgeting rules.
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