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The Insulation Argument in Neoclassical International Economics: A Critique

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Volume 8, No. 3 (Fall 2005)

 

The aim of this paper is to criticize the foundation and the relevance of the insulation argument. In what follows, I will attempt to show that: (1) The favor flexible exchange rates enjoy in the literature is in part a result of the confusion between devaluation and free exchange rates; (2) Asymmetric shocks cannot provide a basis for the insulation argument, for their meaning is either a definitional truism or simply absurd; (3) Devaluation cannot offset the impact of foreign trade shifts on the domestic structure of production, and it instead produces additional problems; (4) A policy of monetary nationalism cannot prevent foreign-engineered business cycles from affecting domestic economic conditions, even if this is the only (but neglected) instance when a case for insulation could be rightly made.

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Glavan, Bogdan. "The Insulation Argument in Neoclassical International Economics: A Critique." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 8, No. 3 (Fall 2005): 3–19.