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Comparative analysis of the degree of international capital mobility in Tunisia and Morocco: revised Feldstein Horioka approach


  • Sarra Ben Slimane

    () (Department of Economics, Najran University, Saudi Arabia and LEFA (HEC Carthage,Tunisia))

  • Moez Ben Tahar

    (Department of Economics, Central University, Tunisia and LEFA (HEC Carthage, Tunisia))

  • Zied Essid

    (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)


The main purpose of this paper is to assess the degree of capital mobility in Tunisia and Morocco. Using the methodology of Feldstein and Horioka (1980), we test the hypothesis of perfect capital mobility. The methodology that we have applied used time series econometric techniques, which included analyzing the stationary, co-integration and Error-Correction Model. On the other hand, we develop an Augmented Feldstein Horioka model by introducing additional variables to explain more effectively the degree of financial openness in these countries. We interpret the relationship between domestic saving and investment in the long-run as reflecting the solvency constraint. We find that saving and investment display a cointegration relationship that is consistent with the interpretation that a solvency constraint is binding for each country. The short and long run coefficients of correlation are significant and presenting a low value of estimation. We conclude that the degree of capital mobility is relatively high in Maghreb countries (Tunisia and Morocco).

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  • Sarra Ben Slimane & Moez Ben Tahar & Zied Essid, 2013. "Comparative analysis of the degree of international capital mobility in Tunisia and Morocco: revised Feldstein Horioka approach," Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, Pro Global Science Association, vol. 5(1), pages 33-43, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:5:y:2013:i:1:p:33-43

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    1. Coakley, Jerry & Kulasi, Farida, 1997. "Cointegration of long span saving and investment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 1-6, January.
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    Feldstein Horioka puzzle; capital mobility; cointegration; Error-Correction Model; Tunisia; Morocco;

    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes


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