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International Saving, Investment and Trade

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  • Peter Debaere

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  • Ufuk Demiroglu

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Feldstein and Horioka (1980) observed that saving and investment move closely together in the major OECD countries. This finding is a puzzle if national economies are characterized by one sector production functions of the form F(K,L). In that case, in a high saving country, the high rate of investment and capital accumulation would result in a decline of the marginal product of capital, leading to an incentive for exporting capital. In this paper, we show that this incentive disappears in a multi-sector world. National capital can be absorbed domestically without a decline in its marginal product through a shift in the sectoral composition of national production towards capital intensive sectors.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Open Economies Review.

Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 613-627

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Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:19:y:2008:i:5:p:613-627

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Keywords: Investment; Savings; OECD; Capital; Heckscher-Ohlin; International capital mobility; F1; F2;

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Cited by:
  1. João Sousa Andrade, 2007. "La these de Feldstein-Horioka: une mesure de la mobilité internationale du capital," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 54(1), pages 53-67, March.
  2. João Sousa Andrade, 2006. "Mobilidade do Capital e Sustentabilidade Externa: uma aplicação da tese de F-H a Portugal (1910-2004)," GEMF Working Papers 2006-04, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.

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