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The Relative Dynamics of Investment and the Current Account in the G7-Economies

  • Hoffman, Mathias

This paper contributes to the empirics of the intertemporal approach to the current account. We use a cointegrated VAR framework to identify permanent and transitory components of country-specific and global shocks. Our approach allows us to investigate empirically the sensitivity to persistence implied by many forward-looking models and our results shed new light on the excess volatility of investment encountered by Glick and Rogoff (1995). In G7 data, we find the relative current-account and investment response to be in line with the intertemporal approach.

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Volume (Year): 111 (2001)
Issue (Month): 471 (May)
Pages: C148-63

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:111:y:2001:i:471:p:c148-63
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