Felipe Larrain

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 1995Continuity, Change, and the Political Economy of Transition in Chile
with Raul Laban
in Reform, Recovery, and Growth: Latin America and the Middle East, Rudiger Dornbusch and Sebastian Edwards, editors
November 1986Contractionary Devaluation, and Dynamic Adjustment of Exports and Wages
with Jeffrey Sachs: w2078
Recent macroeconomic models of developing countries have emphasized the possibility of contactionary devaluations, stressing that domestic aggregate demand is likely to be reduced by the devaluations while aggregate supply may respond only slowly to the change in relative prices brought about by the devaluation. These results have been obtained in static models. In this paper we add wage and export-sector dynamics to the models of contractionary devaluation, and show that the effects which produce contractionary devaluations in the short term can produce limit cycles in the long run. The economy never returns to long-run equilibrium following a devaluation, but rather moves with fixed periodicity through successive phases of boom and bust.

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