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International risk sharing and financial shocks

Jean-François Rouillard

Journal of International Money and Finance, 2018, vol. 82, issue C, 26-44

Abstract: A canonical two-country real business cycle model with complete international asset markets fails to replicate the correlation between relative consumptions and real exchange rates—i.e. the consumption–real exchange rate anomaly or Backus-Smith puzzle. I show that when preferences are non-separable between consumption and leisure, the same two-country model augmented by domestic financial frictions and shocks can account for this correlation. Positive financial shocks create important fluctuations in the labor wedge, inducing firms to demand more labor. These procyclical movements in hours worked significantly affect the marginal utility of consumption and help to explain the correlation between relative consumptions and real exchange rates.

Keywords: Backus-Smith puzzle; Borrowing constraints; Labor wedge; Working capital; Financial shocks; Non-separable preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 F34 F44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2017.12.005

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