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The Mexican intertemporal budget constraint: Persistent signals of an eventual collapse


  • Núñez, José A.
  • Urzúa, Carlos M.


This paper examines the sustainability of the Mexican current account deficit prior to the December 1994 crisis. It tests whether or not the Mexican economy was satisfying its intertemporal budget constraint, and finds that signals of possible trouble without a change in policies were present long before the crisis. The tests used are based on the Wickens-Uctum criterion for the sustainability of current account deficits, extended to include the case of possible interventions.

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  • Núñez, José A. & Urzúa, Carlos M., 1995. "The Mexican intertemporal budget constraint: Persistent signals of an eventual collapse," EGAP Working Papers 200303, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México.
  • Handle: RePEc:ega:docume:200303

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    Mexican crisis; sustainability; Mexican current account deficit;

    JEL classification:

    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F37 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Finance Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications


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