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The Demand For Liquid Assets, Corporate Saving, And International Capital Flows

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  • Philippe Bacchetta
  • Kenza Benhima

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The recent period of capital outflows from emerging economies has coincided with an increase in their corporate saving. In this paper, we model corporate saving as a demand for liquid assets by credit-constrained firms in a dynamic open-economy macroeconomic model. We find that the implications of this model are very different from standard models, because the demand for foreign bonds is a complement to domestic investment rather than a substitute. We show that this complementarity is at work when an emerging economy is on its convergence path or when it has a higher TFP growth rate. This framework is consistent with a number of stylized facts found in high-growth, high-investment emerging economies.

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  • Philippe Bacchetta & Kenza Benhima, 2015. "The Demand For Liquid Assets, Corporate Saving, And International Capital Flows," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 13(6), pages 1101-1135, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jeurec:v:13:y:2015:i:6:p:1101-1135
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    1. Chen, Peter & Karabarbounis, Loukas & Neiman, Brent, 2017. "The global rise of corporate saving," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 1-19.
    2. Philippe Bacchetta & Kenza Benhima & Yannick Kalantzis, 2016. "Money and Capital in a Persistent Liquidity Trap," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 16.12, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
    3. Josef Schroth, 2016. "Capital Flows to Developing Countries: Is There an Allocation Puzzle?," Staff Working Papers 16-53, Bank of Canada.
    4. Tatiana Cesaroni & Riccardo De Bonis & Luigi Infante, 2017. "Firms’ financial surpluses in advanced economies: the role of net foreign direct investments," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 411, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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