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World Interest Shocks, Capital, and the Current Account


  • Fisher, Walter H
  • Terrell, Dek


Macroeconomic performance in many developing countries is influenced by international credit conditions. This paper considers a developing economy that faces an upward-sloping supply function of debt. It analyzes how a particular foreign shock, a world interest shock, influences such key macroeconomic variables as output, investment, the current account, and the terms of trade in both short-run and steady-state equilibrium. An intertemporal optimizing model is used to study these issues. This approach permits characterization of the intertemporal adjustment of the indebted economy, and shows that a world interest shock lowers overall economic welfare. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Fisher, Walter H & Terrell, Dek, 2000. "World Interest Shocks, Capital, and the Current Account," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 8(2), pages 261-274, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:8:y:2000:i:2:p:261-74

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