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Oil Shocks and External Balances

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This paper studies the effects of demand and supply shocks in the global crude oil market on several measures of countries'' external balance, including the oil and non-oil trade balances, the current account, and changes in net foreign assets (NFA) during 1975-2004. We explicitly take a global perspective. In addition to the U.S., the Euro area and Japan, we consider a number of country groups including oil exporters and middle-income oil-importing economies. We find that the effect of oil shocks on the merchandise trade balance and the current account, which depending on the source of the shock can be large, depends critically on the response of the nonoil trade balance, and differs systematically between the U.S. and other oil importing countries. Using the Lane-Milesi-Ferretti NFA data set, we document the presence of large and systematic (if not always statistically significant) valuation effects in response to oil shocks, not only for the U.S., but also for other oil-importing economies and for oil exporters. Our estimates suggest that increased international financial integration will tend to cushion the effect of oil shocks on NFA positions for major oil exporters and the U.S., but may amplify it for other oil importers.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/110.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2007
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Keywords: Oil prices; External shocks; Trade integration; oil exporters; crude oil; oil shocks; oil supply; aggregate demand; oil market; oil-importing economies; crude oil market; oil importers; oil-importing countries; importing countries; trade deficit; oil demand; opec; oil exporter; oil price changes; merchandise trade; oil shock; dynamic effects; current account balance; regression model; oil importing countries; current account deficit; oil production; terms of trade; trade deficits; oil exports; opec countries; oil supplies; crude oil production; trade in services; oil revenues; exporting countries; trade shocks; oil exporting countries; price fluctuations; adjustment process; world economy; oil price fluctuations; fuel exports; higher oil prices; terms of trade shocks; oil importer; pattern of shocks; oil markets; oil inventory; global supply; income distribution; international trade; natural gas; external position; current account surplus; trade effects; crude oil inventory; oil producers; economic studies; trade imbalances; balance of payments; export share; crude oil markets; petroleum products; trade data; tradable goods; economic perspectives; crude oil exports;

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