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Understanding global imbalances

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  • Richard N. Cooper
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    Two contemporary issues provide reason to focus on national saving and investment: the debate over public pensions, and pensions more generally, in all rich countries; and the large global current account imbalances, conceptually the difference between national savings and domestic investment. Are we all saving enough to provide adequate retirement income for rapidly ageing populations – especially Americans, whose household savings seems to have disappeared altogether in 2005? And are the countries with large external deficits – notably the United States – mortgaging the income of future generations inappropriately, not to mention courting financial calamity in the meantime?

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its journal Conference Series ; [Proceedings].

    Volume (Year): 51 (2006)
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbcp:y:2006:n:51:x:2

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    Keywords: Balance of trade ; International trade ; Pensions ; Retirement income ; Saving and investment;

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    Cited by:
    1. Barry Eichengreen, 2008. "Should there be a coordinated response to the problem of global imbalances? Can there be one?," Working Papers 69, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
    2. Hickey, Ronan, 2007. "How Sustainable are Global Imbalances?," Quarterly Bulletin Articles, Central Bank of Ireland, pages 85-119, October.
    3. Guy Meredith, 2007. "Debt Dynamics and Global Imbalances: Some Conventional Views Reconsidered," IMF Working Papers 07/4, International Monetary Fund.

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