Financial Liberalization, Structural Change, and Real Exchange Rate Appreciations

Author/Editor:

Carlos Urrutia ; Felipe Meza

Publication Date:

March 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We account for the appreciation of the real exchange rate in Mexico between 1988 and 2002 using a two sector dynamic general equilibrium model of a small open economy with two driving forces: (i) differential productivity growth across sectors and (ii) a decline in the cost of borrowing in foreign markets. These two mechanisms account for 60 percent of the decline in the relative price of tradable goods and explain a large fraction of the reallocation of labor across sectors. We do not find a significant role for migration remittances, foreign reserves accumulation, government spending, terms of trade, or import tariffs.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/63

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451982077/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010063

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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