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On the Stationarity of Current Account Deficits in the European Union

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  • Mark J. Holmes

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    ( Department of Economics, Waikato University, New Zealand)

  • Jesús Otero

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    ( Facultad de Economía, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

  • Theodore Panagiotidis

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    ( Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, Greece)

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In this paper, we test for the stationarity of EU current account deficits. Our testing strategy addresses two key concerns with regard to unit root panel data testing, namely (i) the identification of which panel members are stationary, and (ii) the presence of cross-sectional dependence. For this purpose, we employ an AR-based bootstrap approach to the Hadri (2000) test. While there is only mixed evidence that current account stationarity applies when examining individual countries, this does not appear to be case when considering panels comprising both EU and non-EU members.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 05_10.

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Keywords: Heterogeneous dynamic panels; current account stationarity; mean reversion; panel stationarity test;

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  2. Lanzafame, Matteo, 2012. "Current account sustainability in advanced economies," MPRA Paper 42384, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Gazi M. Hassan & Mark J. Holmes, 2014. "Do Remittances Facilitate a Sustainable Current Account?," Working Papers in Economics 14/07, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
  4. Ayla Ogus & Niloufer Sohrabji, 2008. "Intertemporal solvency of Turkey’s current account," Working Papers 0805, Izmir University of Economics.
  5. Blaise Gnimassoun, 2014. "The importance of the exchange rate regime in limiting current account imbalances in sub-Saharan African countries," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-22, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
  6. Nikolina E. Kosteletou, 2013. "Financial Integration, Euro and the Twin Deficits of Southern Eurozone Countries," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 60(2), pages 161-178, April.
  7. Christian Schoder & Christian R. Proaño & Willi Semmler, 2012. "Are the current account imbalances between EMU countries sustainable?," IMK Working Paper 90-2012, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.

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