Accounting for U.S. Current Account Deficits: An Empirical Investigation
AbstractThis paper investigates the relationship between the U.S. current account deficit and a number of macroeconomic variables including government spending, budget balance, productivity, domestic and foreign income, real interest rates, and terms of trade. Implications of the conventional "twin deficit" and the dynamic optimizing approaches are tested using a Vector Error Correction Model. Innovation accounting results indicate that macroeconomic variables explain the current account reasonably well, and the evidence seems to support the conventional approach where budget deficits and increases in the real interest rates are associated with curent account deficits.
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- Selahattin Dibooglu, 1997. "Accounting for US current account deficits: an empirical investigation," Applied Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 29(6), pages 787-793.
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