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dc.contributor.advisorRicardo Caballero and Andres Velasco.en_US
dc.contributor.authorNeut, Roberto Alejandro, 1969-en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-06-02T16:27:35Z
dc.date.available2005-06-02T16:27:35Z
dc.date.copyright2003en_US
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/17627
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics, 2003.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I cover three relevant topics in macroeconomics: the effects of trade liberalization, the effect of institutions and the determinants of credibility on macroeconomic policies. The first essay revisits the empirical work on the effects of trade liberalization and analyzes how it affects growth through two distinct channels: through better access to intermediate supplies and through tougher foreign competition. In particular, both effects are significant: while the first boosts growth the second one hinders it. Moreover, the effect of the first channel outweighs the effect of the second one. The second essay is an empirical analysis showing that weaker institutions increase transaction costs, particularly the costs incurred by a firm when dealing with suppliers of intermediate goods. In particular, It is showed that industries with a more complex intermediate structure suffer a relatively larger loss of productivity in countries with poorer institutions. The third essay revisits the theoretical determinants of governments' credibility in regard to outstanding debt. Governments default not because they want to, but because they cannot avoid it. Under this and other assumptions, some standard results need no longer hold. For instance, appointing a conservative policymaker or denominating public debt in foreign currency may reduce credibility.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Roberto Alejandro Neut.en_US
dc.format.extent131 p.en_US
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectEconomics.en_US
dc.titleEssays in macroeconomicsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc54771070en_US


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