Macroeconomics in an Open Economy

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Science  12 Sep 1986:
Vol. 233, Issue 4769, pp. 1155-1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.233.4769.1155


The customary treatment of national economies as closed and self-contained must be substantially modified to allow for those economies that typically trade goods, services, and securities with other countries in increasing volume. Open economy macroeconomics is essential to understanding the major events of the U.S. economy over the past half dozen years. Both the sharp rise in the dollar and the unprecedentedly large U.S. trade deficit are linked to the U.S. budget deficit, as is the drop in the rate of inflation.