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External Shocks, Trade Margins, and Macroeconomic Dynamics

Stefano D’Addona () and Lilia Cavallari ()
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Stefano D’Addona: Department of Political Science, University of Roma Tre, Via Ostiense, 159, 00154 Roma, Italy

Economies, 2020, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-26

Abstract: This paper studies the role of the exchange rate regime for trade of new products. It first provides VAR evidence that a rise in external productivity shifts trade away from new products and more so in fixed regimes. Then, it presents a model with firm dynamics in line with this evidence. We argue that exchange rate policy can affect firms’ entry decisions with consequences for the competitiveness of a country’s exports well beyond the short run. In our setup, fixed exchange rates can foster the competitiveness of firms that trade new products, while flexible rates favor firms that produce mature products.

Keywords: trade margins; firm entry; exchange rate policy; international business cycle; panel var; dsge model; comparative advantage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E F I J O Q (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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