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Energy and Growth under Flexible Exchange Rates: A Simulation Study

Jeffrey D. Sachs

NBER Working Paper No. 582
Issued in November 1980
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM   EEE

This paper offers a theoretical framework for studying the inter-actions of energy prices and economic growth. The incorporation of energy prices and quantities in a macroeconomic setting focuses on (1)the aggregate technology; (2) the interdependence of energy producers and consumers in the world economy; and (3) the asset markets as the channel through which energy price changes affect output and capital accumulation. While several existing studies consider aspects of these issues, none provides a synthesis. In this analysis, a theoretically sound model of an oil price increase in the world economy is presented, carefully treating topics (1) - (3).The model is solved with computer simulation, as it is far too complex to yield analytical solutions.

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Published: Sachs, Jeffrey. "Energy and Growth under Flexible Exchange Rates: A Simulation Study." Economic Interdependence and Flexible Exchange Rates, edited by J. S. Bhandari and B. H. Putnam, pp. 191-220. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1983.

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