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Global Imbalances and Petrodollars

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  • Fuad Hasanov
  • Rabah Arezki

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Oil exporters have run large current account surpluses. We explore oil exporters' role in our understanding and the resolution of global imbalances. Current account dynamics are estimated for oil-exporting countries and the rest of the world. We find that fiscal policy has a much stronger effect on current account of oil exporters than on current account of other countries. The current account adjustment of oil-exporting countries is also faster than that of other countries. We conclude that a change in fiscal policy of oil exporters can have significant and speedy impact on global imbalances.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/89.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/89

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Keywords: Fiscal policy; Payments imbalances; Oil exporting countries; Oil prices; Oil revenues; Current account surpluses;

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Cited by:
  1. Ibrahim Turhan & Erk Hacihasanoglu & Ugur Soytas, 2013. "Oil Prices and Emerging Market Exchange Rates," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 49(S1), pages 21-36, January.
  2. Jean-Pierre Allegret & Cécile Couharde & Dramane Coulibaly & Valérie Mignon, 2013. "Current Accounts and Oil Price Fluctuations in Oil-Exporting Countries: the Role of Financial Development," Working Papers 2013-19, CEPII research center.
  3. Paul Cashin & Samya Beidas-Strom, 2011. "Are Middle Eastern Current Account Imbalances Excessive?," IMF Working Papers 11/195, International Monetary Fund.

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