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The euro and the geography of international debt flows

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  • Hale, Galina

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Obstfeld, Maurice

    (University of California Berkeley,)

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Greater financial integration between core and peripheral EMU members had an effect on both sets of countries. Lower interest rates allowed peripheral countries to run bigger deficits, which inflated their economies by allowing credit booms. Core EMU countries took on extra foreign leverage to expose themselves to the peripherals. The result has been asset-price bubbles and collapses in some of the peripheral countries, area-wide banking crisis, and sovereign debt problems. We analyze the geography of international debt flows using multiple data sources and provide evidence that after the euro’s introduction, Core EMU countries increased their borrowing from outside of EMU and their lending to the EMU periphery.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in its series Working Paper Series with number 2014-10.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 14 Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2014-10

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Keywords: international debt; EMU; international banking; global imbalances; euro crisis;

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  1. Jan in'tVeld & Robert Kollmann & Beatrice Pataracchia & Marco Ratto & Werner Roeger, 2014. "International Capital Flows and the Boom-Bust Cycle in Spain," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2014-26, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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