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Status Preference, Wealth and Dynamics in the Open Economy

Walter Fisher

German Economic Review, 2004, vol. 5, issue 3, 335-355

Abstract: The implications of status preference in a simple open economy model are investigated in this paper. The open economy is modeled as a continuum of identical representative agents who have preferences over consumption and status. In the paper status is identified as relative wealth, which takes the form of relative holdings international financial assets. A symmetric macroeconomic equilibrium is derived in which status is the source of transitional dynamics for domestic consumption and the current account balance. This result illustrates another way to combine transitional dynamics with interior equilibria in the small open economy Ramsey model with perfect capital mobility. We also show that status preference plays a critical role in influencing the open economy's adjustment to government expenditure and world interest rate shocks. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2004.

Date: 2004
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