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Liquidity traps, capital flows

Sushant Acharya () and Julien Bengui

No 765, Staff Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Motivated by debates surrounding international capital flows during the Great Recession, we conduct a positive and normative analysis of capital flows when a region of the global economy experiences a liquidity trap. Capital flows reduce inefficient output fluctuations in this region by inducing exchange rate movements that reallocate expenditure toward the goods it produces. Restricting capital mobility hampers such an adjustment. From a global perspective, constrained efficiency entails subsidizing capital flows to address an aggregate demand externality associated with exchange rate movements. Absent cooperation, however, dynamic terms-of-trade manipulation motives drive countries to inefficiently restrict capital flows, impeding aggregate demand stabilization.

Keywords: capital flows; international spillovers; liquidity traps; capital flow management; policy coordination; optimal monetary policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 F32 F38 F42 F44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mac, nep-mon and nep-opm
Date: 2016-01-01, Revised 2018-08-01
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