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Are Valuation Effects Desirable from a Global Perspective?

47 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2006  

Pierpaolo Benigno

New York University - Stern School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

Recent studies have emphasized the role of valuation effects due to exchange rate movements in easing the process of adjustment of the external balance of a country. This paper asks to what extent valuation effects are desirable from a global perspective as a mean to achieve an efficient allocation of resources. In a frictionless world, it is desirable to have large movements in prices and exchange rates. But once a small concern for price stability is introduced not only should prices be stabilized but also the response of the exchange rate should be muted. There is a minor role for valuation effects that depends both on the size and composition of assets and liabilities.

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Benigno, Pierpaolo, Are Valuation Effects Desirable from a Global Perspective? (May 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12219. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902571

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