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The Feldstein-Horioka puzzle: A panel smooth transition regression approach

  • Fouquau, Julien
  • Hurlin, Christophe
  • Rabaud, Isabelle

This paper proposes an original framework to determine the relative influence of fivefactors on the Feldstein and Horioka result of OECD countries with a strong saving-investment association. Based on panel threshold regression models, we establishcountry-specific and time-specific saving retention coefficients for 24 OECD coun-tries over the period 1960-2000. These coefficients are assumed to change smoothly,as a function of five threshold variables, considered as the most important in theliterature devoted to the Feldstein and Horioka puzzle. The results show that; de-gree of openness, country size and current account to GDP ratios have the greatestinfluence on the investment-saving relationship.

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Volume (Year): 25 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 284-299

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