Disciplines

Finance and Financial Management

Abstract

This paper examines the interaction of real exchange rates and currenct account movmements in open economices subject to monopolistic competition with sticky price-setting behavior and distoriontary taxes. We find that the correlations between fiscal balances and the current account depend on the elasticity of net exports with respect to the real exchange rate. Under highly elastic export demand, the welfare e¤ects may be greater or lower than under export demand with a low elasticity.