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474 - The impact of structural policies on external accounts in infinite-horizon and finite-horizon models

Author(s): Lukas Vogel, European Commission

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The paper uses the European Commission's QUEST III model to compare the impact of product market reform, labour market re-form and fiscal devaluation on economic activity and external accounts in infinite-horizon and finite-horizon versions of the model for a small open economy in monetary union with tradable and non-tradable sectors. The impact of structural policies on external positions tends to be stronger and more persistent, but also more diverse in the finite-horizon specification because of the impact of structural reforms on financial wealth and its transmission to consumption demand in the finite-horizon setting. The improvement in the net foreign asset position tends to be stronger if structural reforms are accompanied by fiscal consolidation and if countries start with high pre-reform levels of net foreign debt.

(European Economy. Economic Papers 474. December 2012. Brussels. PDF. Tab. Graph. Ann. Free.)

KC-AI-12-474-EN-N (online)
ISBN ISBN 978-92-79-22995-4 (online)
doi: 10.2765/27935 (online)

JEL classification: F30, F41, F42

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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