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Alternatives to avoid sanctions

Recently we saw that EU and Iran devised an instrument called INSTEX to avoid dealing in dollars and hence avoid US sanctions. Similar thing is being planned between India and Russia (regarding S-400 ...
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What is the upper limit of circulating money on earth?

I've come up with this question while discussing the topic of customer-perceived value with coworker. Is there a theoretical upper limit to all circulating money in this world? To avoid inflation ...
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Who paid the bill for cheap Chinese exports?

We have all enjoyed the flow of cheap Chinese imported goods, whether in the shops, or online. The shipping costs from China have always seemed very low. Now I see this note: Got notification ...
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Derivation of aggregate demand function for Monopolistic Competition (based on Combes et. al, 2008)

A specialized question for those, who excel in monopolistic competition and modern trade theories. I am interested in a derivation of an aggregate demand function for a model of monopolistic ...
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What are the factors on which value of all resources ( good, silver, cash land etc. ) found in world changes over time?

And followed by, Does it right to say that, if any country become rich then other must become poor and vice-versa. If no, then Is it possible that, in certain conditions, all Nation in the world can ...
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Interpretation of the World Bank's definition of Portfolio equity inflows

The following is the definition from World Bank: Does it imply that apart from FDI, portfolio equity includes net inflows from equity securities including shares, stocks, depository receipts and ...
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What counts as a “dollar shortage” and how do we know which countries have one?

I recently read an article claiming that China is worried about a possible "dollar shortage," which is news to me. When does this happen, has it happened before, and how do we know which countries ...
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Name of phenomenon where migrant workers receive decent wage but absolutely no chance of getting any government benefits

Not sure if the title reflects the question very accurately but my question is specific to the Gulf countries which have a huge population of migrant workers, like Saudi and UAE. So, let's say Raj is ...
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What happens if the Central Bank does not absorb a BOP deficit/surplus?

The basic principle of BOP accounting is double entry bookkeeping. In short, every transaction enters twice. As a consequence of this, by definition $$\text{Current account } (CA) + \text{Capital ...
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In simple terms, what does the bank liquid reserves to bank assets ratio indicate in terms of world development?

From this website: https://www.indexmundi.com/facts/indicators/FD.RES.LIQU.AS.ZS I am very new to economics/finance and I would appreciate an easier-to-understand explanation of this term
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Why Turkey's president thinks that by cutting interest rate it will lower inflation?

Recently, President Erdogan sacked the head of Turkey’s central bank because he didn't want to cut interest rates. He even said: “We said that if rates fall, inflation will fall. He didn’t do what was ...
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Monetary Approach to a depreciating currency

I am currently doing some research on the monetary approach to the effects of currency fluctuations on trade balance. It's been a while since I took an int econ class back in the undergrad, so I hope ...
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Why did no US politician start the trade war a decade earlier with China or possibly the Globe if it is a good thing to do? [closed]

Why did no US politician start the trade war with China (or possibly the Globe) a decade earlier if it is a good thing to do? I am asking for a list of reasons for why not.
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The range of subsidies that underpin China’s economic model

I was watching the news the other day and the reporter said that America was complaining about "the range of subsidies that underpin China’s economic model". What exactly are those subsidies?
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Characterizing nations in global commodity market

I'm not an economist, so I'm looking for help making sure I'm not reinventing the wheel, or if I am, that it's at least round. I've been set the task of modeling a multi-step supply chain using UN ...
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Why are mortgage rates in USA so high compared to Europe?

What are the main reasons of high mortgage rates in USA compared to central Europe? In central Europe mortgage rates are about 75%-100% lower than in USA. For data on mortgage rates see: https://www....
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Related Literature about Exports

I am working on my master thesis, where I investigate the impact of the Russian embargo on Georgia's exports. I have already identified my dependent variable, as well as the variables of interest. ...
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Utility functions of countries

In international relationships, often the interacting agents are countries. For example, countries negotiate, sign agreements, give loans to each other, trade, etc. Thus it is interesting whether ...
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What are the hot topics (sub-fields) in the International-trade to pursue for the research work?

I am interested in trade economics. Suggest me some hot topics and authors in the field. Different dimensions of trade economics. Use of game theory, networks etc.
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Do countries have an obligation to match their savings and consumption rate with that of the U.S.?

https://www.barrons.com/articles/europe-is-now-a-bigger-trade-villain-than-china-51558118723 The above articles state that trade imbalances are a bad thing and that if a government doesn't enact ...
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Are currencies equilibrating?

I was travelling recently and realised that dollars, euros, British pounds and Swiss francs all have more or less the same worth (i.e. 1 dollar $\cong $1 pound $\cong$ 1 euro $\cong $ 1 chf). This was ...
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Uncovered Interest Rate Parity Assumptions (UIRP)

When learning about UIRP i have naturally come across the assumptions under which it may hold. However i am having trouble understanding the role of these assumptions and what the actual consequences ...
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Exchange rate target zone 45 degree line in the free float case - Krugman Target Zones

As far as i understand in the Krugman target zone model the following equation describes the behaviour of the exchange rate within and outside a target zone $s_t = f_t + \alpha E_t(ds_t/dt)$. But if ...
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why US don't like China trade deficit? [duplicate]

Because of the dollar, US basically have unlimited credit. US could simple print money for good. Why US don't like China trade deficit? If US is a person, and the person could use paper to exchange ...
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Discrepancy of GDP and International Transaction Releases for Exports

The Bureau of Economic Analysis ("BEA") provides consolidated data from several different government agencies. Currently they provide exports under both a Gross Domestic Product ("GDP") release as ...
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wage/productivity, what does it show

I just confused about the fact that does wage/productivity show the wage gap? So if wage/productivity is the wage gap then by the increase in productivity the wage gap should decrease as the ...
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Would PPP adjustments between countries be irrelevant if all countries had the same relative prices?

I'm trying to understand the relationship, if any, between the fact that countries have different relative prices (e.g. different 'food price-to-general consumer prices' ratios) impacts the need for ...
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Framework for assessing suitability of government intervention

I am writing a paper on mobile roaming and I am having trouble with some aspects of it. The paper is required to have an "analytical" part and I am struggling to come up with suitable ideas. I figure ...
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Does a strong exchange rate always mean a cheap holiday regardless of where you are from and going?

As question title states, does going from one country with a much stronger exchange rate, or a moderately higher exchange rate, in comparison to a country you visit always mean you get more bang for ...
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Do sanctions work?

When countries commit "economic crimes"---ie, theft of intellectual property, dumping, currency manipulation---are sanctions effective at making them stop? I am specifically looking for examples of ...
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What does an increase in REER signify?

What does an increase in the real effective exchange rate signify? I read from a news report that (localized for India): Furthermore, REER is calculated in such a way that an increase in its ...
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Cross Currency Swaps

How can cross currency swaps or derivatives be used to help a country hide its debt? How did Goldman Sachs do this in Greece’s case?
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What is the rationale behind David Friedman’s division of countries?

David Friedman stated, on multiple occasions, he’s wary seeing Europe become one single country. Similarly, he’d much rather have the US divided into more independent societies. What is ther ...
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Greek Debt Crisis

If the Greek government defaults on its bonds issued by French and German investment banks, how does that prevent the French and German governments from paying back the money that they owe to ...
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Is there a measure of similarity for economies?

Is there a measure of similarity for economies? For example, I would like to find the world economies most similar to the UK.
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Why bonds held by foreign investors is greater than total bond issued?

Total bond issued is reported by BIS debt securities data. Let BIS denote this amount. Bonds held by foreign investors is reported by Balance of payment statistics (IMF). It is the portfolio debt ...
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The Difference between investment and savings in CA identity

Mathematically speaking the current account is defined as: $$\text{CA}=S-I$$ where $S$ is savings and $I$ is investment. We know for a closed economy $S=I$ so $CA=0$. practically speaking for an ...
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Capital Flight and Interest Rates

I am currently reviewing some stuff on capital flights and self fulfilling crises. In this scenario, investors generally think that a low availability of reserves could imply that the central bank may ...
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Theory of Optimal Currency Areas

Should a country be more inclined or less inclined to join a currency union (common currency) under the following events: a) Increase in the size and frequency of AD shocks to the economy. b)...
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Can the USA really have an exchange rate policy?

I'm reading Martin Wolf's book The Shifts And The Shocks, about the global crisis. In it, there's a section where the author claims that the USA cannot not have an exchange rate policy, since all the ...
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J Curve and DD Schedule in the Short Run (International Finance)

Assume that the J-curve is true. What would the DD curve look like during the early period of the J-curve (where the value effect dominates)? What would the effect of temporary changes in monetary ...
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Does National Savings equal zero in a closed economy? Please give an economic intuition

Context: $Y -(C+I+G) = X - M$ In a closed economy, $(X-M) = 0$ Notations Y --> Income/Output C,I,G --> Consumption, Investment and Government expenditure respectively. X --> Exports M --> ...
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Why does the EU need a clearing centre to circumvent US sanctions against Iran?

As reported here and elsewhere, the EU is considering the creation of a clearing house to keep trading with Iran despite US sanctions. Why is it not possible for the EU to conduct normal financial ...
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how to find whether trade is possible between two nations [closed]

In the following image, we have U.S. and U.K. producing wheat and cloth in bushels/hour and yards/hour respectively. In all cases except in case D, given in the figure, trade is possible between ...
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How does the cost of switching over to green energy compare to the cost of the war in Iraq?

How does the cost of switching over to wholly green technology in the US at current prices and at current technology without factoring in possible improvements in efficiency or technology solely in ...
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What can explain increasing exports after default episodes?

I am going through a paper on sovereign default by Mendoza and Yue (2012), in which defaults are explained in terms of how firms that use foreign intermediate inputs lose access to international ...
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Emerging Market dollar debt, FX swaps and exchange rate risks

"An FX swap, on the other hand, creates no exchange rate risk for its counterparties. This is because currencies are sold and repurchase at fixed spot and forward rates. In other words, when you sell ...
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When can we expect China to become a developed country?

China has the 2nd largest GDP in the world and also has a high GDP growth rate. According to Richard Lynn's IQ and Global Inequality, the Chinese have a mean IQ of 105, which is one of the highest in ...
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Where can I find data on market capitalization?

I am working on Home Equity/Bond Bias and need data to calculate the indicators of Home Equity Bias. So where can I find data on market capitalization (stocks and bonds) by year for each country? ...
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Why do large financial institutions make international transactions in digital currency?

I've heard that blockchain technology has been used extensively by financial institutions when making international transactions to eachother, with speed and transparency and cryptographic security ...