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NBER Working Papers by Carlo Carraro

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April 2000Behavioral and Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy Introduction
with Gilbert E. Metcalf: w7648
This paper summarizes research presented at the FEEM-NBER Conference on the Behavioral and Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy, held in Milan Italy in June 1999.
July 1988Can International Policy Coordination Really Be Counterproductive?
with Francesco Giavazzi: w2669
This paper shows that international policy coordination is not counterproductive in a world where the incentive to run beggar-thy-neighbor policies internationally arises from the inefficiency that characterizes, within each country, the interaction between policymakers and private agents. The domestic inefficiency arises from the presence of nominal contracts that give central banks the power to affect real variables. In this setting we show that international cooperation belongs to central banks' dominant strategy. The paper is motivated by a common and misleading interpretation of a paper by Rogoff [1985], namely that international cooperation may be counterproductive in the presence of a domestic inefficiency.

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