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Any serious macro models for Greece's possible default or eurozone exit?

Since each news outlet says something about Greece these days, I wonder what serious economic research backs decisions made over the last seven years? The IMF papers on austerity, both early ones and ...
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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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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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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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Dornbush model - relationship between i and S

In the Dornbush model, when we separate short and long run equilibrium. This is what I apparently have understood: SR1: an increase in Money Supply ($M_s$) leads to a fall in domestic interest rates (...
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Argentina taxes

I don't understand this report http://uk.businessinsider.com/wef-27-countries-with-the-highest-tax-rates-in-the-world-2016-2 How can it be that Argentina turnover tax is 90% of income (everywhere ...
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Why is the current WDI missing CPI data for some countries (including the UK and China)?

I'm downloading data on inflation in different countries, and using the World Bank's World Development Indicators (WDI). Specifically, the Consumer Price Index series (CPI). (http://data.worldbank.org/...
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The new AIIB, Japan and America

The AIIB is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. It's an international financial institution proposed by China. Almost all Asian countries have joined and a lot of European countries. Here is the ...
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Exchange rate modeling using a system of ODEs

I am looking for a book that explains exchange rates, capital flows, reserves, trade balance using a system of ordinary differential equations. An economist by the name of Muller-Plantenberg has this ...
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FDI - Foreign Direct Investment

If in the sector foreign direct investments (FDI) are not stable, for instance, increasing dramatically in one year, decreasing next year. fluctuation continues over ten years, what FDI can say about ...
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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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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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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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Devaluation of exchange rate meaning

Pilbeam's textbook on International Finance (p. 106) says: (...) the immediate effect of a devaluation of exchange rate from $S_1$ to $S_2$ is to make domestic good competitive (...) How can be ...
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When finding targets in a trade war, does the goods balance or trade balance matter more?

By most measures, most people who look at trade balance, but it might include a good chunk of services imports/exports who might not be as readily subjected to tariffs.
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Consequences of a positive uncovered interest rate parity (UIP) spread for an emerging market economy

Empirically we observe that the uncovered interest rate parity (UIP) does not hold; in fact the exchange rate adjusted return on an emerging market bond is higher than the return on US bonds; I know ...
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Under what conditions are tariffs or export subsidies expansionary?

Charles Kindleberger writes in the introduction to /The World in Depression/: The imposition of tariffs should be expansionary for the importing country, if contractive for the countries losing ...
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Ricardian Model: Trade pattern rules (ch. 3 Krugman's book)

I'm reading chapter three of International Economics by Paul Krugman et al. I have two questions that are somewhat related. Question 1: Let $P_{c}$ = price of cheese, $P_{w}$ = price of wine, $a_{Lc}$ ...
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What's the equation of currency fluctuation?

Preamble: Today the rate of EUR is 82.09 in BDT ( Bangladeshi Currency) and two hours later it's 82.50 ( I hope, it's increasing). But why does this fluctuation just keeps happening? Looks like the ...
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Relationship between changes in Currency against basket of currencies and inflation

Sorry I'm not an economist, but I was wondering if there was a general country by country guide to how inflation there changes with response to a change in the currency's value against a basket of ...
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External economies of scale: who will produce when going from autarky to free trade?

Hi "Assume that two countries can potentially trade goods in an industry that is characterized by external economies of scale. Country B produces at Q(B) in autarky and country A produces at Q(A) in ...
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Why shouldn't the relative prices change in the Heckscher-Ohlin model?

I'm having trouble with the Rybczynski theorem. Let's say there's a migration to the domestic economy, increasing the Labor endowment. It states that the production of the good that uses labor more ...
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Deriving Marginal Product For Hecksher-Ohlin

I'm using the second edition of applied international trade by Bowen and for the HO model, the marginal product with respect to capital ought to be the first term of the final answer (as given in the ...
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How does a country increases or decreases it currency value (exchange rate) against other nations currency?

I want to know how a country, Mexico for instance, keeps the exchange rate higher or lower against other nations currency, USD, EUR, JPY. How does the value of a nation currency is valued against ...
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Did the dollar depreciate when Trump won the election?

I expected the the dollar to briefly depreciate against all currencies when Trump won the election (in 2016), but I have just learned that it briefly appreciated against some. It depreciated against ...
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Biggest foreign owners of China debt?

It is already known that China and Japan are the biggest owners of US debt - about one trillion dollars each. But who are the biggest owners of China debt? I mean the foreign owners.
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Relative demand curve in Ricardian models

In many expositions of the Ricardian model, a relative demand curve is used. For example, consider the figure here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparative_advantage#/media/File:...
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How does the trade problem in Ricardian model of int'l trade work?

Sorry if this question seems fragmented; I have minimal background in economics, I just grabbed some notes and began studying. The scenario is given as: "Suppose Germany needs to make a 1 billion ...
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Intuition for factor price insensitivity in Heckscher-Ohlin

I'm trying to develop some intuition for why factor prices are independent of factor endowments in a small open economy (in a standard Heckscher-Ohlin 2x2x2 setting with diversification and no factor ...
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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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Why can we see the Current account as variation in NIIP?

Let's designate the Net International Investment Position(NIIP:it's the net international wealth of a country), as $B_t$. Why can we see the current account at time t, as $CA_t=B_{t+1}-B_t$ , when we ...
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Why does only relative price and not absolute price matter in international trade models?

Suppose I have two teachers: Adam and Bob. Suppose Adam takes 20 hours to lecture and 30 hours to grade, while Bob takes 100 hours to lecture and 60 hours to grade. In absolute terms, Adam is ...
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How many people in the USA work for Chinese companies?

How many people in the USA work for Chinese companies or for joint ventures majority-owned by Chinese companies?
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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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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 ...