# International Finance, Fall 2017 Homework

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International Finance, Fall 2017 Homework#1 Answer

1. Borrow USD at the interest rate πβ, exchange into CNY, invest in China to earn ππ‘, while simultaneously sell the amount Β ππ‘(1 + ππ‘) Β CNY forward at Β πΉπ‘+1. By the inequality given in the question, you can earn arbitrage profit.[pic 1]
1. Given the monetary policy rule, we can subtract the foreign Taylor rule from the Home one, and rearrange, to get

rΜβ β ππ‘Β = π(πβ β ππ‘) β πΈπ‘(πβΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β β ππ‘+1) + (πβ β π£π‘)

π‘Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β π‘Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β π‘+1Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β π‘

Substituting this real interest differential into the expression for the real exchange rate on top of slides 23, lecture notes part III, and rearrange, we get

qΜπ‘Β = π(πβ β ππ‘) + (π β 1) ββ

πΈπ‘(πβΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β β ππ‘+π) β ββ

πΈπ‘ πΜπ‘+π + ββ

πΈπ‘Β (π£βΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β β π£π‘+π)

π‘Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β π=1

π‘+j

π=0

π=0

π‘+π

Thus given a contemporaneous increase in inflation at Home, the real exchange rate is going to appreciate.

1. The optimization problem can be set up as maximizing the negative of the cost, subject to the constraint that the consumer has to gain one unit of utility:

max βπ1πΆ1Β β π2πΆ2Β π . π‘. πΆπΌπΆ1βπΌ = 1

1 Β  2

The first order conditions for this problem are

P1Β = ππΌπΆπΌπΆ1βπΌπΆβ1, P2Β = π(1 β πΌ)πΆπΌπΆ1βπΌπΆβ1

1 Β  2Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 1Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 1 Β  2Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 2

Where π is the Lagrangian multiplier associated with the constraint. Using the constraint

πΆπΌπΆ1βπΌ = 1 to write the two first order conditions as

1 2

P1πΆ1Β = ππΌ, P2πΆ2Β = π(1 β πΌ)

Note that these equations imply P1πΆ1/(π2πΆ2) = πΌ/(1 β πΌ), which proves (b). Note also that adding the two equations gives us the cost of the consumption basket that yields one unit of utility when the consumer is choosing optimally: P1πΆ1Β + π2πΆ2Β = π β‘ π.

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