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Current Accounts in the Long Run and the Intertemporal Approach: A Panel Data Investigation


  • Mario Cerrato
  • Huseyin Kalyoncu
  • Naveed Hassan Naqvi
  • Christopher Tsoukis


type="main" xml:id="twec12152-abs-0001"> This paper is a theory-based study of the long-run determinants of the current account (CA). For many OECD economies after the Second World War, there has been more long-run variation in the CA data than is emphasised by a ‘Permanent Income’ version of the intertemporal approach that is based on consumption-smoothing and that allows only transitory CA imbalances. A theoretical model of the CA is developed, based on the ‘broader’ variant of the intertemporal approach that stresses the long-term component of the CA. We find that some key theoretical predictions hold, while others fail, validating the approach but also pointing to its limitations.

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  • Mario Cerrato & Huseyin Kalyoncu & Naveed Hassan Naqvi & Christopher Tsoukis, 2015. "Current Accounts in the Long Run and the Intertemporal Approach: A Panel Data Investigation," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(2), pages 340-359, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:38:y:2015:i:2:p:340-359

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