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Age structure and the current account

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  • Gudmundur S. Gudmundsson

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Gylfi Zoega

    (Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Birkbeck
    University of Iceland)

Abstract

We adjust current account surpluses and deficits of 57 countries in the period 2005-2009 for differences in the age structure of their populations and find that these differences can account for a significant part of the variation in the data. Among the large countries we find that the adjustment increases the surpluses of Germany and Japan while the surpluses of China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are significantly diminished.

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  • Gudmundur S. Gudmundsson & Gylfi Zoega, 2013. "Age structure and the current account," Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance 1307, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
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    Keywords

    Current account; age structure; life-cycle saving behavior.;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment

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