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Income insurance and the determinants of income insurance via foreign asset revenues and foreign liability payments

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  • Balli, Faruk
  • Basher, Syed Abul
  • Ozer-Balli, Hatice

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We document that the net factor income smoothing channel in OECD countries is primarily driven by net financial asset income, while the other two sub-components (net compensation of employees, net taxes on imports) turn out to be ineffective. Once factor income inflows are distinguished from outflows, empirical evidence suggests a non-significant effect of inflows in terms of income smoothing as opposed to a positive and significant role of factor income outflows (18 percent for the EMU and 16 percent for the EU). Factor income outflows also appear robust with respect to positive output shocks, while neither factor income inflows nor factor income outflows provide insurance against negative output shocks. In terms of the determinants of income smoothing, results indicate that an increase in foreign equity and debt liabilities positively affect the extent of smoothing via factor income outflows. Whereas, contrary to the current literature, an increase in foreign assets holding does not have a positive impact on smoothing via factor income inflows. The tendency of European investors' in allocating a sizeable portion of their assets within the Euro zone is shown to undermine income smoothing.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 29364.

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Keywords: Factor income flows; Consumption smoothing; Income smoothing; International portfolio diversification.;

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  1. Faruk Balli & Faisal Rana, 2014. "Determinants of risk sharing through remittances: cross-country evidence," CAMA Working Papers 2014-12, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  2. Balli, Faruk & Basher, Syed Abul & Balli, Hatice Ozer, 2013. "International income risk-sharing and the global financial crisis of 2008–2009," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(7), pages 2303-2313.
  3. Faruk Balli & Syed Abul Basher & Faisal Rana, 2014. "The determinants of the volatility of returns on cross-border asset holdings," CAMA Working Papers 2014-01, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  4. Pericoli, Filippo M. & Pierucci, Eleonora & Ventura, Luigi, 2012. "The impact of social capital on consumption insurance and income volatility in U.K.: evidence from british household panel survey," MPRA Paper 44214, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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