Foundations of International Macroeconomics – Maurice Obstfeld – 1st Edition


Foundations of International is an innovative text that offers the first integrative modern treatment of the core issues in open and finance. With its clear and accessible style, it is suitable for first-year graduate courses as well as graduate courses in international and finance. Each chapter incorporates an extensive and eclectic array of empirical evidence. For the beginning , these examples provide motivation and aid in understanding the practical value of the models developed. For advanced researchers, they highlight key insights and conundrums in the field.

Topic coverage includes intertemporal consumption and investment theory, government spending and budget deficits, finance theory and asset pricing, the implications of (and inherent in) international capital market integration, growth, inflation and seignorage, policy credibility, real and nominal exchange rate determination, and many interesting special topics such as speculative attacks, target exchange rate zones, and parallels between immigration and capital mobility.

Most main results are derived both for the small country and world economy cases. The first seven chapters cover models of the real economy, while the final three chapters incorporate the economy’s monetary side, an innovative to bridging the usual chasm between real and monetary models.

Table of Content

1 Intertemporal Trade and the Current Account Balance
2 Dynamics of Small Open Economies
3 The Life Cycle, Tax Policy, and the Current Account
4 The Real Exchange Rate and the Terms of Trade
5 Uncertainty and International Financial Markets
6 Imperfections in International Capital Markets
7 Global Linkages and Economic Growth
8 Money and Exchange Rates under Flexible Prices
9 Nominal Price Rigidities: Empirical Facts and Basic Open-Economy Models
10 Sticky-Price Models of Output, the Exchange Rate, and the Current Account

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