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Thousands of models, one story: current account imbalances in the global economy

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  • Chudik, Alexander
  • Dieppe, Alistair
  • Ca' Zorzi, Michele

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The global financial crisis has led to a revival of the empirical literature on current account imbalances. This paper contributes to that literature by investigating the importance of evaluating model and parameter uncertainty prior to reaching any firm conclusion. We explore three alternative econometric strategies: examining all models, selecting a few, and combining them all. Out of thousands (or indeed millions) of models a story emerges. Prior to the financial crisis, current account positions of major economies such as the US, UK, Japan and China were not aligned with fundamentals. JEL Classification: C11, C33, F32, F34, F41, O52

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Keywords: current account; global imbalances; model combination; Model uncertainty; panel data;

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  1. Saadaoui, Jamel, 2012. "Global Imbalances: Should We Use Fundamental Equilibrium Exchange Rates?," MPRA Paper 42554, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Ca' Zorzi, Michele & Chudik, Alexander & Dieppe, Alistair, 2012. "The perils of aggregating foreign variables in panel data models," Working Paper Series 1444, European Central Bank.
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