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Accounting for Global Dispersion of Current Accounts

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  • Yongsung Chang

    (University of Rochester and Yonsei University)

  • Sun-Bin Kim

    (Yonsei University)

  • Jaewoo Lee

    (International Monetary Fund)

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We develop a multi-country quantitative model of the global distribution of current account and external balances. Countries accumulate domestic capital and foreign assets to smooth consumption over time against exogenous productivity shocks in the presence of liquidity constraints. In equilibrium, optimal consumption and investment responses to persistent productivity shocks imply a degree of intertemporal substitution across countries that can explain up to one-third of the current account dispersion in the data.

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Paper provided by Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute in its series Working papers with number 2012rwp-44.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:yon:wpaper:2012rwp-44

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Keywords: Dispersion of Current Accounts; Incomplete Markets; Frictions;

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  3. Luca Fornaro, 2013. "International Debt Deleveraging," Working Papers 182, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank).
  4. Marga Peeters, 2010. "The changing pattern of international trade and capital flows of the GCC countries," European Economy - Economic Papers 415, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
  5. Jörg Decressin & Emil Stavrev, 2009. "Current Accounts in a Currency Union," IMF Working Papers 09/127, International Monetary Fund.

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