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An Investigation of Current Account Solvency in Latin America Using Non Linear Nonstationarity Tests

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  • Chortareas Georgios E

    ()
    (Bank of England)

  • Kapetanios George

    ()
    (Queen Mary University of London)

  • Uctum Merih

    ()
    (City University of New York)

Abstract

Using a new methodology that allows nonlinearities, we find frequent support for external debt sustainability in a number of Latin American countries. Our findings reverse the results for several countries, obtained with traditional unit-root tests and present a richer framework for evaluating the external solvency of an economy. Our results also provide some justification for the assumption the international current accounts are based on.

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Volume (Year): 8 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-19

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  1. Christopoulos, Dimitris & León-Ledesma, Miguel A., 2010. "Current account sustainability in the US: What did we really know about it?," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 442-459, April.
  2. Ibrahim Chowdhury & Gregory Gadzinski & Mathias Hoffmann, 2004. "Asymmetric Dynamics in the Current Account: Evidence from Long-Horizon Data," Working Paper Series in Economics 13, University of Cologne, Department of Economics.
  3. Chen, Shyh-Wei, 2013. "Long memory and regime switching properties of current account deficits in the US," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 78-87.
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  7. Mark J. Holmes & Theodore Panagiotidis & Jesus Otero, 2009. "On the stationarity of current account deficits in the European Union," Discussion Paper Series 2009_18, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Dec 2009.
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