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Does the US current account show a symmetric behavior over the business cycle?

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Traditionally, the literature that attempts to explain the link between the current account and output finds a linear negative relationship (e.g., Backus, Kehoe, and Kydland, 1995). Using nonparametric regressions, we find a robust U-shaped relationship between the U.S. current account and the GDP cycle. When output is above (below) its trend the current account and detrended output are positively (negatively) correlated. We argue that this nonlinearity might be caused by persistent productivity shocks coupled with uncertainty shocks about future productivity.

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  • Duncan, Roberto, 2016. "Does the US current account show a symmetric behavior over the business cycle?," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 202-219.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:41:y:2016:i:c:p:202-219
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2015.08.011
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    1. Costantini, Mauro & Paradiso, Antonio, 2018. "What do panel data say on inequality and GDP? New evidence at US state-level," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 168(C), pages 115-117.

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    Keywords

    U.S. current account; Uncertainty shocks; Business cycles; Nonparametric regression;

    JEL classification:

    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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