The Financial Resource Curse Revisited: The Supply-Side Effect of Low Interest Rates
Simon Hildebrandt () and
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Simon Hildebrandt: University of Kassel
MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)
Benigno and Fornaro (2014) show that an episode of low interest rates may harm an economy. Low interest rates trigger a consumption boom, labor shifts away from the tradable sector, learning spillovers from foreign technology decline and so do domestic total factor productivity, consumption and welfare. In this paper, we show that their conclusion of a financial resource curse does not hold in a world with capital as production factor. Low interest rates now trigger an investment boom, there is no shift of labor between sectors, total factor productivity remains unaffected. Our model confirms â€œtextbook wisdomâ€ , i.e., an episode of low interest rates enhances welfare in a small open economy.
Keywords: capital accumulation; endogenous growth; macroeconomic integration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 F36 F43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
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