Currency areas and monetary coordination

Qing Liu, Shouyong Shi

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Abstract

We integrate a monetary search model into open-economy macro to analyze the gains from coordinating on inflation. Search frictions and local congestion lead to a determinate exchange rate between two currencies. Relative prices deviate from the law of one price. Because the deviations depend on the cross-country differential in money growth, each country is tempted to inflate to exploit the deviations. Policy coordination reduces inflation and improves welfare for all countries. In contrast to traditional models, the gains from coordination continue to exist even after each country optimally sets a direct tax on the foreign use of the country's currency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-836
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Economic Review
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

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Currency area
Deviation
Currency
Inflation
Relative prices
Law of one price
Congestion
Tax
Money growth
Open economy
Exchange rates
Search frictions
Policy coordination

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In: International Economic Review, Vol. 51, No. 3, 01.08.2010, p. 813-836.

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