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Wedges: Distribution, Distortions, and Market Integration

Giuseppe Bertola

No 6627, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: This paper proposes a stylized model of policy determination and imperfect international integration. A country-specific policy wedge corrects labor market imperfections and/or redistributes welfare across differently wealthy agents. Capital market integration with the rest of the world, indexed by another wedge, shapes the politico-economic equilibrium policy through race-to-the-bottom and beggar-thy-neighbor channels. The policy and welfare implications of tighter international integration depend in sharp and empirically realistic ways on country-specific political and structural features.

Keywords: policy competition; capital mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F02 D33 J08 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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