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The International Wealth Channel: A Global Error-Correcting Analysis

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  • Nils Holinski
  • Robert Vermeulen

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    (CREA, University of Luxembourg)

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This paper analyzes the empirical link between asset prices, consumption and the trade balance using a global macroeconometric model developed by Pesaran, Schuermann, and Weiner (2004). The model is estimated for 29 countries with quarterly data over the period 1981Q1 - 2006Q4. Motivated by increasing international _nancial and real integration, and pronounced cycles in stock and housing prices, we employ generalized impulse response functions for a group of _ve of the world's most industrialized countries and show that shocks to asset prices transmit into the trade balance. We refer to this transmission channel as the international wealth channel and _nd it to be present in the US, UK and, to a lesser extent, in France, but absent in Japan and Germany. More speci_cally, when we _nd the international wealth channel at work as stock price changes are transmitted through consumption into the trade balance, whereas housing price changes are transmitted through investment into the trade balance.

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Paper provided by Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg in its series CREA Discussion Paper Series with number 10-04.

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Keywords: trade balance; wealth effect; global imbalances; GVAR; international transmission;

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