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Financial remoteness and the net external position


  • Schmitz, Martin


This paper shows that, controlling for standard determinants of net external positions, financially-remote countries exhibit more positive net external positions. This finding is found to be stronger for less advanced countries, hinting at external funding problems for more remote countries. Being located near financially very open countries, being in currency unions with creditor countries, or being highly integrated through financial and trade linkages with a ‘core’ country facilitates net external borrowing. Consequently, evidence is found for an important role of geographic and bilateral factors for a country’s net external wealth. JEL Classification: F21, F34, F41

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  • Schmitz, Martin, 2011. "Financial remoteness and the net external position," Working Paper Series 1330, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20111330

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    Cross-Border Investment; distance; net foreign assets; proximity;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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