June 2022

Trade policies and fiscal devaluations

Christopher Erceg, Andrea Prestipino, and Andrea Raffo


Fiscal devaluations—an increase in import tariffs and export subsidies (IX) or an increase in value-added taxes and payroll subsidies (VP)—have been shown to provide as much stimulus under fixed exchange rates as a currency devaluation. We find that if agents expect policies to be reversed and the tax pass-through is large, VP is contractionary and IX provides a modest boost. In our medium-scale DSGE model, both features are crucial in accounting for Germany’s underperformance in response to VP in 2007. These findings cast doubt on fiscal devaluations as a cyclical stabilization tool when monetary policy is constrained.

Keywords: Exchange Rates, Fiscal Devaluations, Trade Policies

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17016/IFDP.2022.1347

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