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Current-Account Reversals in Developing Countries: The Role of Fundamentals


  • Alberto Bagnai


  • Stefano Manzocchi



This paper studies episodes of current-account reversal in developing countries (DCs) in the period 1965–1994. First, a number of persistent shifts (“reversals”) in the current-account balance dynamics are identified by structural break and segmented trend tests; then, the relationship between these reversals and a set of fundamentals suggested by the intertemporal approach to the current account is investigated in a panel-data set-up. We find that fundamentals play a different role in episodes of persistent deterioration or improvement of the current-account balance in DCs. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

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  • Alberto Bagnai & Stefano Manzocchi, 1999. "Current-Account Reversals in Developing Countries: The Role of Fundamentals," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 143-163, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:10:y:1999:i:2:p:143-163
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008365318228

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