A Lexicon of Economics (Social Science Lexicons) by Phyllis Deane, Jessica Kuper

By Phyllis Deane, Jessica Kuper

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Such a deficit financed by capital inflows will not preserve jobs, nor will a depreciating currency necessarily guarantee that the current account deficit will be rectified. Neither can a country be indifferent to the international value of its currency. Widely fluctuating exchange rates may adversely affect international trade. A rapidly depreciating currency, which raises the domestic price of imports, can be highly inflationary, which necessitates further depreciation, and so on. BANKING 23 In considering measures to adjust the balance of payments, therefore, it is highly desirable that countries should focus on the current account if they are concerned with the functioning of the real economy, and (if in deficit) wish to avoid turbulent exchange rates round a declining trend.

Blattner, N. and Pastre, O. (1982), ‘Major findings on and policy responses to the impact of information technologies on productivity and employment’, in Micro-Electronics, Robotics and Jobs, ICCP, No. 7, Paris. Stoneman, P. (1983), The Economic Analysis of Technological Change, Oxford. Further Reading Gourvitch, A. (1966), Survey of Economic Theory on Technological Change and (1940), Employment, New York. Heertje, A. (1977), Economics and Technical Change, London. Jones, T. ) (1980), Microelectronics and Society, Milton Keynes.

See also: technological progress. 22 BALANCE OF PAYMENTS Balance of Payments A balance of payments is an accounting record of a country’s international transactions with the rest of the world. Foreign currency receipts from the sale of goods and services are called exports and appear as a credit item in what is termed the current account of the balance of payments. Foreign currency payments for purchases of goods and services are called imports and appear as a debit item in the current account.

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