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Trade, investment, and international borrowing in two-country business cycle models

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  • Michael R. Pakko

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Two country applications of equilibrium business cycle methodology have succeeded in matching some key features of international fluctuations. However, discrepancies between theory and data remain. This paper identifies a new anomaly related to a basic property of typical models: the prediction of countercyclical net exports is fundamentally related to (counterfactual) implication for negative cross-country investment correlations. Although the introduction of investment adjustment costs can reverse this anomaly, it has the side-effect of inducing the wrong cyclical behavior for net exports. Possible resolutions to this puzzle are considered, including asset market restrictions and the role of the substitution elasticities.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 1997-023.

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:1997-023

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Keywords: Business cycles ; International trade ; Balance of trade;

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